Velvet Shoes

By 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 was originally published in Poetry magazine in May, 1920. It is now in the public domain.

Image: edited from one in the public domain on Wikimedia Commons

Elinor Morton Wylie (1885-1928) was an American writer and editor. (Wikipedia; Poetry Foundation)

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