Undercliff: Poems, 1946-1953

Undercliff: Poems, 1946-1953

Undercliff: Poems, 1946-1953

Undercliff: Poems, 1946-1953

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INDIAN PIPE

Searching once I found a flower

By a sluggish stream.

Waxy white, a stealthy tower

To an Indian's dream.

This its life supreme.

Blood red winds the sallow creek

Draining as it flows.

Left the flower all white and sleek,

Fainting in repose.

Gentler than a rose.

Red man's pipe is now a ghost

Whispering to beware.

Hinting of the savage host

Once that travelled there.

Perfume frail as air.

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