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)