Saturday, June 8, 2013

For World Ocean Day



For my daughter Autumn, who wants to be a mermaid and frolic with the otters...


AN OCEAN MUSING
By Henrietta Cordelia Ray

Far, far out lie the white sails all at rest;
Like spectral arms they seem to touch and cling
Unto the wide horizon. Not a wing
Of truant bird glides down the purpling west;
No breeze dares to intrude, e’en on a quest
To fan a lover’s brow; the waves to sing
Have quite forgotten till the deep shall fling
A bow across its vibrant chords. Then, lest
One moment of the sea’s repose we lose,
Nor furnish Fancy with a thousand themes
Of unimagined sweetness, let us gaze
On this serenity, for as we muse,
Lo! all is restless motion: life’s best dreams
Give changing moods to even halcyon days.

Thanks to the Poetry Foundation
Source: She Wields a Pen: American Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century (University of Iowa Press, 1997)
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