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Page 86 text:
Tropical Vight ' HE SUN, a small red orb in the distance, had just been ex- tinguished in the deep blue Pacific. I looked out over the lagoon, where small tropical bats winged their way back and forth darting now and then close to the water in search of the millions of small tropical insects. Swiftly, like a blanket, darkness enveloped the island. The birds chirped sleepily in their nests as the gentle wind swayed the tree tops, and with their song there was blended the faint murmur of the billowing beach grass as the wind swept through it, and the gentle “lap lap” of the water on the beach completed nature’s song. In the fast dimming light the spicy odor of the jungle grew sweeter and the shadow of the trees on the grass grew vague and less distinct, then vanished altogether — the night had come. Slowly I arose and walked down the beach to the small native town, the dirty lanterns with which it was lit making it stand out like an oasis of light in the desert of darkness. Slowly f walked down the narrow, crook- ed street, halting here and there in the tea rooms which were filled with crowds of women clad in flimsy dresses, and men in white, who swayed in rhythmic motion to the tunes of the native musicians. Seating myself at a corner table, I slowly sipped the tepid wine, and allowed my thoughts to wander back to the cities filled with crowds of men and women who moved with clock-like regularity. Their lives were spent futilely clutching after a few paltry dollars. Once again I turned my steps toward the beach, where, lying on my back, 1 watched the crescent-shaped tropical moon shining through the branches of a giant palm upon the waters of the lagoon below. A cloud passed across the moon weirdly tingeing the waves that rolled upon the beach. The cloud passed leaving the waves a dark blue but al- ways tipped with silver. No longer did I think of home, or my friends, nor did I wish to see them again. I did not know it then, but 1 had fallen entirely under the spell of the tropics. Hal Painter , ' 31 . ( 5 )
Page 85 text:
[Night The moon hung low , Held to heaven by a chain of stars; Along the river banks, The elms and willows silhouetted against the sky Were caught in a golden net Of moving fireflies, And mingled with the stillness of it all The soft laugh of rippling waters, The dainty incense of night flowers. Through the maze of silver-shadowed leaves. Through the heart of silence came the song Of a lonely nightingale ; The tree tops sighed — And all was still again. Dorothy Wallner, ’32. 79
Page 87 text:
Q)ew The dew Has covered the grass Like a silver shadow, As stlent and unseen As the opening of flower buds. In the early morn It will sparkle like diamonds When the sun ' s joyous eye First peeps o ' er the hill. After that it will be as a gentle sigh Breathed ■ — Then gone. Its silver webs of lace will vanish Like a kindly deed — Forgotten. Miriam Br alley, ’32.
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