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The Spike or Victoria College Review June 1914

Red Hibiscus

Red Hibiscus.

When I look up and see your flaunting head And the long tongue that serpent-like shoots out I ask, as swift thoughts throng in revellers' rout, What in the world as wicked is as red? I see a columned hall and tables spread; A woman, white and red, with smiles that flout: Two wine-flushed suitors and a sudden shout; Quarrels, quick curses, and the red wine shed—A gleam of swords, a bright and startling stain. Fear's frantic flight, and silence in the hall, Save when the night-wind strays in, flower-sweet, And from the gutt'ring candles white drops fall Hibiscus, you do not teach of passions pain—Why do you glow by this grey city street?

—A.O.