“Kaleidoscopics” by Ferdinand Reyher


Gondolas with white freightage


And muted barcaroles

Destroyed old houses.


The iridescent plush rope sways

With the rhythm

Of an old canzone of Genoa


He died.

Let us dance elegant fandangos

In blues and golds,

And consort

With blinder things than parchment bats

To gather dripping garlands

Of mottled toadstools

To show the hate we loved him with.


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Ferdinand Reyher's poem "Kaleidoscopics" was published in the 1916 Others anthology. To read this poem in full in a digitized version of this publication, follow the link(s) below: