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September, 1918

By Amy Lowell

This afternoon was the colour of water falling through sunlight;
The trees glittered with the tumbling of leaves;
The sidewalks shone like alleys of dropped maple leaves, . . .

Serenade

By Mary Weston Fordham

Sleep, love sleep,
The night winds sigh,
In soft lullaby. . . .

Shall earth no more inspire thee

By Emily Brontë

Shall earth no more inspire thee,
Thou lonely dreamer now?
Since passion may not fire thee . . .

Sharks' Teeth

By Kay Ryan

Everything contains some   
silence. Noise gets
its zest from the . . .

She Walks in Beauty

By Lord Byron (George Gordon)

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright . . .

Sheltered Garden

By H. D.

I have had enough.
I gasp for breath.
. . .

Shiloh: A Requiem (April, 1862)

By Herman Melville

Skimming lightly, wheeling still,
      The swallows fly low
Over the field in clouded days, . . .

A Shropshire Lad  2: Loveliest of trees, the cherry now

By A. E. Housman

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride . . .

Siblings

By Patricia Smith

Hurricanes, 2005
 
  . . .

Sign

By George Starbuck

Virgin, sappy, gorgeous, the right-now
Flutters its huge prosthetics at us, flung
To the spotlights, frozen in motion, center-ice. . . .