Poem-a-Day - "Velvet Shoes" by Elinor Wylie

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December 26, 2021 

Velvet Shoes

Elinor Wylie

Let us walk in the white snow
    In a soundless space;
With footsteps quiet and slow,
    At a tranquil pace,
    Under veils of white lace.

I shall go shod in silk,
    And you in wool,
White as white cow’s milk,
    More beautiful
    Than the breast of a gull.

We shall walk through the still town
    In a windless peace;
We shall step upon white down,
    Upon silver fleece,
    Upon softer than these.

We shall walk in velvet shoes:
    Wherever we go
Silence will fall like dews
    On white silence below.
    We shall walk in the snow.

This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on December 26, 2021, by the Academy of American Poets

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“Velvet Shoes” appeared in Nets to Catch the Wind (Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1921).

Elinor Wylie was born in Somerville, New Jersey, on September 7, 1885. Her collections of poetry include Nets to Catch the Wind (Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1921); Black Armour (George H. Doran Company, 1923); and Angels and Earthly Creatures (Alfred A. Knopf, 1929). She died on December 16, 1928.
 
Nets to Catch the Wind
(Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1921)

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