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D.H. Lawrence (18851930). Amores. 1916.

4. Discord in Childhood

OUTSIDE the house an ash-tree hung its terrible whips,
And at night when the wind arose, the lash of the tree
Shrieked and slashed the wind, as a ship’s
Weird rigging in a storm shrieks hideously.

Within the house two voices arose in anger, a slender lash
Whistling delirious rage, and the dreadful sound
Of a thick lash booming and bruising, until it drowned
The other voice in a silence of blood, ’neath the noise of the ash.


You can find Lawrence's entire collected poems at http://www.bartleby.com/people/LawrencDH.html

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