Eight Harvard Poets/Out of the Littleness

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Eight Harvard Poets
Out of the Littleness
by William A. Norris

OUT of the littleness that wraps my days,
The oppressive mist of gray and common things,
Sometimes my dream on its audacious wings,
Dripping with golden fire, above the haze,
Flashes and veers against the sudden blaze
Of sunlight. There no other wings may gleam
But only yours, companioning my dream
In its strange flight up new and radiant ways.

And once, I thought, in a far solitude,
The black waves moaned and broke unutterably
On a stern cliff where hand in hand we stood.
There were none near us when the dark had gone, —
Only the clean wind of a sailless sea,

And you and I alone in the great dawn.