Nicotine

Hymn to the Dope


Goddess of the murmuring courts,
Nicotine, my Nicotine,
Houri of the mystic sports,
trailing-robed in gabardine,
Gliding where the breath hath glided,
Hidden sylph of filmy veils,
Truth behind the dream is veiléd
E'en as thou art, smiling ever, ever gliding,
Wraith of wraiths, dim lights dividing
Purple, grey, and shadow green
Goddess, Dream-grace, Nicotine.

Goddess of the shadow's lights,
Nicotine, my Nicotine,
Some would set old Earth to rights,
Thou I none such ween.
Veils of shade our dream dividing,
Houris dancing, intergliding,
Wraith of wraiths and dream of faces,
Silent guardian of the old unhallowed places,
Utter symbol of all old sweet druidings,
Mem'ry of witched wold and green,
Nicotine, my Nicotine:

Neath the shadows of thy weaving
Dreams that need no undeceiving,
Loves that longer hold me not,
Dreams I dream not any more,
Fragrance of old sweet forgotten places,
Smiles of dream-lit, flit-by faces
All as perfume Arab-sweet
Deck the high road to thy feet

As were Godiva's coming fated
And all the April's blush belated
Were lain before her, carpeting
The stones of Coventry with spring,
So thou my mist-enwreathéd queen,
Nicotine, white Nicotine,
Riding engloried in they hair
Mak'st by-road of our dreams
Thy thorough-fare.

by Ezra Pound

Comments (3)

Our love shall live, and later life renew.....Famous Poet Spenser Edmund has depicted Love as Everlasting idea...it shall live & renew hereafter....a maxim like idea....a great Philosophy I dare say it should be rated as 10 & um rating it now by 10....
True love can never come to an end, thought two people may be seperated in death. I LOVE this poem, and I hope that someone will feel this strongly about me some day! ! !
I think 'washed' is to be pronounced as 2 syllables. 'wash-ed' notice the onomatopoeic effect of 'waves and wash-ed it away' simply reading it aloud sounds like waves on the shore. Beautiful. I dont know why people rated this so poorly.