In the garden with H. D. (19)

(19th in a series of posts on H.D.)

Finding H.D.:
A Community Exploration of the Life and Work of Hilda Doolittle

Bethlehem-born writer Hilda Doolittle — H. D. —  (1886-1961) is
the “Lehigh Valley’s most important literary figure.”

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014rhododendron,
Rhodocleia,
we are unworthy of your beauty,
you are near beauty the sun,
you are that Lord become woman

rhododendron,
O strong tree
sway and bend
and speak to me;
utter words
that I may
take
wax
and cut upon my tablets
words to make men pause
and cry

 

012

 

Rhododendron,
O wild-wood,
let no serpent
with drawn hood,
enter,
know the world we know

 

 

013

 

 

 

rhododendron,
swear to me,
by his mountain,
by his stream,
none shall mar
the Pythian dream

 

 

 

 

 

Finding H.D.:
A Community Exploration of the Life and Work of Hilda Doolittle

photos by Jennie Gilrain

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