The bell-pull summons, toward my ease,
Mnemosyne as Javanese.
Inscrutable from sole to head,
Two chambermaids turn down the bed;
While, pyramiding in my eye,
The contoured ricefields siege the sky,
And where their stepped horizon ends,
An even sugar re-ascends.
Forever, by those porches, leaves
Extend the shade of tilted eaves,
As if, in our pajamaed noon,
Inherent night, through form undone,
By shadow particled, were stayed;
As though event were so betrayed,
And those who with a Dutch wife lie
Embrace there immortality.
Bowing double, the maid retreats.
It rains till midnight, then it sleets.
Dutch wife: A rest for the limbs, used in beds in tropical countries, esp. in the Dutch East Indies. It consists of an open frame of rattan or cane, or often a long round bolster stuffed with strips of paper. -Webster’s New International Dictionary, 2nd edition