She Passed This Way
When they are burning field and bush and hedge, I'll steal you like a penny from the crowd.
"Only the impossible lasts forever."
"Destiny and history are untidy."
"One must not look inward too much, while the inside is yet tender.
"I do not wish to frighten myself until I can stand it."
"Dreams have the only pigmentation of fact."
"Life, the permission to know death."
Barnes describes a waif with inestimable powers. The waif is a daemonic force, seen here in the present, seen in the next song, "Crystals", in the past.
2 She Passed This Way
Here where the trees tremble with your flight
I sit and braid thin whips to beat you down.
How shall we ever find you who have gone
In little dresses, lisping through the town?
Great men on horses hunt you, and strong boys
Employ their arrows in the shallow air.
But I shall be heard whistling where I follow
Braiding long wisps of grass and stallion's hair.
And in the night when thirty hawks are high
In pendent rhythm, and all the wayside loud;
When they are burning field and bush and hedge,
I'll steal you like a penny from the crowd.