Measure me, Sky

Measure me, sky!
Tell me I reach by a song
Nearer the stars;
I have been little so long!

Weigh me, high wind!
What will your wild scales record?
Profit of pain,
Joy by the weight of a word!

Horizon, reach out!
Catch at my hands, stretch me taut,
Rim of the world;
Widen my eyes by a thought!

Sky, be my depth,
Wind, be my width and my height,
World, my heart’s span;
Loneliness, wings for my flight!

— Leonora Speyer, born this day in 1872

Lady Speyer by John Singer Sargent.jpg

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