Alba

As cool as the pale wet leaves
      of lily-of-the-valley
She lay beside me in the dawn.

by Ezra Pound

Comments (5)

an eternal image of astounding beauty, thanks to Ezra
beautifully written...astonishing :)
There is a spelling error in the 2nd line. It should read of lily-of-the-valley.
Thank you, Mr. Hager. I almost missed this one. On second reading I thought of Georgia O'Keefe and her flowers. And BTW, your recommendation for the River Merchant's Wife was also much appreciated.
First and briefest of three Pound poems entitled 'Alba, ' this is a lovely example of Imagism. The text above contains a typo and should be spread out like this: As cool as the pale wet leaves of lily-of-the-valley She laid beside me in the dawn