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...
How that old roué, Neptune,
Cranes over his bald-head moons
At the twinkling heel of a sky-scraper.
"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.