Anne Whitney

1821-1915

 

Seaside

by Anne Whitney

Go wear your tortured smile; speak and say nought;
Be laughed at by your diamonds -- I prefer
My light, loose garb -- freedom of face and thought,
And this uncompromising thunderer.

What do I where you mince and compliment,
And meet to hide the better, and deny
The deeper life within you? -- I was sent
To live at least in simple verity.

For your poor, famished lives of ostentation,
What victims bleed of which you never reeked!
The yearning heart of love -- the aspiration
Which makes us royal, the sweet self-respect.

But ah! I know the lonely hour will find you
Sincere once more; to-night doth sadness wait
To fold you in her purple, and remind you
Of your dead strength, your regal, lost estate.

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