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Altitude

I wonder 
how it would be here with you,
where the wind 
that has shaken off its dust in low valleys
touches one cleanly, 
as with a new-washed hand, 
and pain
is as the remote hunger of droning things,
and anger 
but a little silence 
sinking into the great silence.

Credit


This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on December 12, 2020, by the Academy of American Poets.

About this Poem


“Altitude” originally appeared in Sun-Up and Other Poems (B.W. Huebsch, inc., 1920).

Author


Lola Ridge

Born in Dublin on December 12, 1873, Lola Ridge grew up in mining towns in New Zealand and Australia. When she was thirty-four years old, she immigrated to the United States, eventually settling in New York City.

Date Published: 1920-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/altitude