Come then, your ways and airs and looks

Posted on May 22, 2010

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Come then, your ways and airs and looks, locks, maiden gear,

gallantry and gaiety and grace,

Winning ways, airs innocent, maiden manners, sweet looks,

loose locks, long locks, lovelocks, gaygear, going gallant,

girlgrace–

Resign them, sign them, seal them, send them, motion them

with breath,

And with sighs soaring, souring síghs deliver

Them; beauty-in-the ghost, deliver it

–Gerard Manley Hopkins

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Image “Laughter” (detail) copyright 2010 by Haisla Collins