Sunday, November 8, 2009

"The leaves talked in the twilight, dear"

To a Child
by Sophie Jewett

The leaves talked in the twilight, dear;
Hearken the tale they told:
How in some far-off place and year,
Before the world grew old,

I was a dreaming forest tree,
You were a wild, sweet bird
Who sheltered at the heart of me
Because the north wind stirred;

How, when the chiding gale was still,
When peace fell soft on fear,
You stayed one golden hour to fill
My dream with singing, dear.

To-night the self-same songs are sung
The first green forest heard;
My heart and the gray world grow young—
To shelter you, my bird.

Woman of the Apocalypse, unknown German master, c. 1390. Image from Web Gallery of Art. Text from Poetry Foundation.

1 comment:

chayaruchama said...

What lovely imagery-
In rhyme and in oil.

Kisses, Gracie.