The Dream by Lola Ridge

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Lola Ridge 1873-1941
The Dream.
by Lola Ridge.
I have a dream
to fill the golden sheath
of a remembered day.
Heavy and massed and blue
as the vapour of opium….
fired in sulphurous mist….
as quiescent as a grey seal,
and the emerging sun
spurting up gold
over Sydney, smoke pale,
rising out of the bay.
But the day is an upturned cup,
and its sun a junk of red iron,
guttering in sluggish green water.
Where shall I pour my dream?
Lola Ridge was a Dublin born poet and activist who grew up in the mining towns of New Zealand and Australia. When she was 34 she immigrated to the United States, eventually settling in New York. In 1918 her poem “The Ghetto” was published in the New Republic.
Ridge was a factory worker and political activist who often wrote about race, workers rights and gender issues. She was an advocate of woman’s rights, gay rights and the rights of immigrants.
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