“Mid-Day” by H.D.


The light beats upon me.

I am startled—

A split leaf crackles on the paved floor—

I am anguished—defeated.


A slight wind shakes the seed-pods.

My thoughts are spent

As the black seeds.

[ . . . ]


H.D.'s poem "Mid-Day" was published in the 1916 Some Imagist Poets anthology. To read the poem in full in this publication context follow the links below:


The Modernist Journals Project

Project Gutenberg (text version)