John Alexander Chapman.
GIPSY queen of the night, wraith of the fire-lit dark,
Glittering eyes of ice, sharp as glacier green,
falling kisses, syllabled flakes of snow,
Down on the stubble fields, over my eyes and hair;
If on my mouth
one falls, it is tasteless and light and cold
She mocks you, gipsy queen, the brown-eyed child of earth;
berry that grew from flower, she, as grape of the vine,
Is warm and sweet for man; the wine, in herself,
Why do you haunt me then? Are you for me, not she?
Am I a leafless branch, bowed with a
load of snow;
Not for warm hands to pluck, but alone in the world of cold;
Black against pale-washed sky,
grey never veind with red?
But so the better for you, cold shape of the dark outside;
You banishd from
rose too red for ice-green eyes to see;
Chased before lambing time, ere even the snowdrops come,
gipsy-wraith of the snow, but knowing your brother,
To him? Then come to me. I will give you
a cold, cold kiss.
My roses are dead, they too. My lips are grey. My eyes
Have neither iris nor pupil. They
died, and now all is white;
White in a face of stone. Sister, cold lover, come.