Out of the Window

OUT of the window she leaned, and laughed,
A girl’s laugh, idle and foolish and sweet, —
Foolish and idle, it dropped like a call,
Into the crowded, noisy street.
Up he glanced at the glancing face,
Who had caught the laugh as it fluttered and fell,
And eye to eye for a moment there
They held each other as if by a spell.
All in a moment passing there,—
And into her idle, empty day,
All in that moment something new
Suddenly seemed to find its way.
And through and through the clamorous hours
That made his clamorous busy day,
A girl’s laugh, idle and foolish and sweet,
Into every bargain found its way.
And through and through the crowd of the streets,
At every window in passing by,
He looked a moment, and seemed to see

A pair of eyes like the morning sky.

Nora Perry.