Songs of the Wind on a Southern Shore, and other Poems of Florida

by George E. Merrick


Additional Information
  • Year Published: 1920
  • Language: English
  • Country of Origin: United States of America
  • Source: Merrick, G. E. (1920). Songs of the wind on a southern shore, and other poems of florida. The Four Seas Publishing Co.
  • Readability:
    • Flesch–Kincaid Level: 7.2
  • Word Count: 156
  • Genre: Poetry
  • Keywords: florida stories, poetry
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Majestical, lonely, forbidding, the desolate forest of cypress
Guards at the mouth of the river. Beneath them the banyan-like mangrove
Spreads faro’er the swamps and the sea-covered marshes,
All alive with the cormorant, curlew and the plume bearing egret
That, feeding by the sluggish rich river, arise encircling their branches,
Incessantly bound in a dream=like oriental devotion,
Laps at their feet the tropical tide. Steeped with a lotus-like fragrance
Comes the breeze from the sea as a breath of the far-off Bahamas.

Stand,—brooding through hours of moonlight o’er the silvery radiant lustre
Sheening in mystical beauty the sea; and a spirity rebellious
Seems to stir through the depth of their leafage, close-woven and moss-hung,
And to ebb from their shadows malignant, with a sorrowing burden
Of a wiser and fuller knowledge,—of a comfortless desolation.
Stand,—guarding the age-buried wrecks with their silver and golden treasure;—