Eda Lou Walton (1894-1961)|
I SHOULD LIKE TO LIVE IN A
I should like to live as a ballad maid
Who loves, is loved, and dies,
Or bears four sons as a matron staid
To her lord's amazed eyes.
Birth, and youth, and womanhood,
Ripe lips and golden hair,
Death and a lover understood,
And a black silk shroud to wear;
And all the long years left untold
The long hours left unsaid,
While swift, rare moments of life unfold
Bronze and silver and red.
I should like to live in a ballad world
While vivid lips of song
My leaping, lingering tale unfurled
Of a fate six stanzas long.
This poem first appeared in The Nation and can be found in:
Braithwaite, William Stanley, ed. Anthology of Magazine Verse For 1921.
Boston: Small, Maynard and Company, 1921.