by Lola Ridge

Aren’t there bigger things to talk about 

Than a window in Greenwich Village 

And hyacinths sprouting 

Like little puce poems out of a sick soul? 

Some cosmic hearsay–

As to whom–it can’t be Mars! put the moon–that way…. 

Or what winds do to canyons 

Under the tall stars… 

Or even 

How that old roué, Neptune, 

Cranes over his bald-head moons 

At the twinkling heel of a sky-scraper.

Lola RidgeAbout This Poem 

“Scandal” was published in Lola Ridge’s second volume, Sun-up: And Other Poems (B. W. Huebsch, 1920), a collection of free-verse imagist poems.

Lola Ridge was born in Dublin in 1873 and immigrated to the United States in 1907. A poet and activist, Ridge was an early advocate for women’s rights, gay rights, and the rights of immigrants. Ridge published five volumes of poetry before her death in 1941.

Related Poems

Escape by Elinor Wylie

The Wind and the Moon by George Macdonald

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