Dear Cather Friends,

As you see below, poem-a-day suggests that you begin July with a poem by Willa Cather.  This one is new to me; seems like a warm-up for "The best days are the first to flee," doesn't it?

Best to all,

Ann Romies

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Subject: "Aftermath" by Willa Cather

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July 1, 2018


Willa Cather
Can’st thou conjure a vanished morn of spring,
        Or bid the ashes of the sunset glow
Again to redness? Are we strong to wring
        From trodden grapes the juice drunk long ago?
Can leafy longings stir in Autumn's blood,
        Or can I wear a pearl dissolved in wine,
Or go a-Maying in a winter wood,
        Or paint with youth thy wasted cheek, or mine?
What bloom, then, shall abide, since ours hath sped?
        Thou art more lost to me than they who dwell
In Egypt’s sepulchres, long ages fled;
        And would I touch—Ah me! I might as well
Covet the gold of Helen's vanished head,
        Or kiss back Cleopatra from the dead!
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This poem is in the public domain.

About This Poem

This poem was originally published in April Twilights (The Gorham Press, 1903).
Willa Cather

Willa Cather was born in 1873 near Gore, Virginia. She was known widely for her novels and a collection of poems, April Twilights (The Gorham Press, 1903). Cather died in New York City in 1947.
April Twilights and Other Poems

Poetry by Cather

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