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The Arabian Shawl

“It is cold outside, you will need a coat
What! this old Arabian shawl!
Bind it about your head and throat,
These steps… it is dark… my hand… you
Might fall.”

What has happened? What strange, sweet charm
Lingers about the Arabian shawl…
Do not tremble so! There can be no harm
In just remembering that is all.

“I love you so I will be your wife,”
Here, in the dark of the Terrace wall,
Say it again. Let that other life
Fold us like the Arabian shawl.

“Do you remember?”… “I quite forget,
Some childish foolishness, that is all,
To-night is the first time we have met…
Let me take off my Arabian shawl!”

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Poem The Arabian Shawl - Katherine Mansfield