- 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.
- Flesch–Kincaid Level: 7.2
- Word Count: 598
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The Bob White calls!
Hear him usher in the day.
“Bob White!... Day’s bright!
Hustle up and join his lay;
“All right!—Bob White;”
Follow down his dewy way:
“Bob White,—you’re right!—
It’s sure enough—a brand new day!”
A day when dreams may come to be:
A day the floods that surge in me
May swell the banks of Always-So
And in to fields of Strived-For flow.
The Mocker trills!
Hear him fill the air with glee.
Why not mock!—Just as he!
Puncture woe with melody!
—(See that moody cat-bird flee!)&mdash
The Mocker trills.
An echo thrills:—
“There’s joy for birds—why not for me!”
There’s joys have always wondered why
I’ve never looked as I passed by.
Sing ho! for joys long-patient, kind:&mdas;
But what of the ones I’ve left behind?
Poinciana sets the day a-flare.
See the coral creeper’s show!
Catch the Myrtle’s crimson dare!
In flow’rs alone must red love flow?
Should plant and tree, unaided, bear
A-flaunt the banner love would blow!
O, Heart asleep’—Awake! And glow!
With the red of the Corals, Love beckons to me;
In flashing hibiscus her fires I see;
Through flaming acacia I know it is so
—My Love, She will come! Her flame I shall know!
The Secret Shrine
And still the sun swoons down the cotton,
Hushed, Expectant, quails the corn.
Old hopes fail: Yet, unforgotten,
In faintness dream of dewy morn.
Now, the gushing, red-crape myrtle:
Fateful, still,—the buzzard lone:
Is there naught within can hurtle
Far,—a crushing weight of stone?
Fools still see our clouds fair mountains;
Dreaming, deem our skies gem-blue:
Know they not life’s colour fountains
Found their spring in heart of you?
What are pines bemoaning ever?
Why the bamboos’ ceaseless sigh?
Will the palm leaves call forever:—
Endless; yearning aigrettes cry?
The call, that North-birds autumn-hearing
Brings winging back to southern sea,
Is stronger far my heart’s a-fearing
Than the call my soul yields to thee.
And so; though swoons the drooping cotton:
—Low, old Nature’s woes intone;—
Remains a shrine by all forgotten:
There I sit and brood alone.
At evening I wander alone to the sea.
The breakers that come bring solace to me;
And scarcely the gulls take trouble to flee
Away from my goal.
Yet, Evening turns somewhere within me a key:
And opens a room;
A secret deep room,
Far-hid in the house of my soul.
And nothing of land its answer can hold;
There’s nothing of Nature so flaming and bold:
And strange though it be, there’s nothing so old
In sea or in sky
As the questions and dreamings that endless unfold
From out of that room;—
That sweet-keeping room,
That seems older that I.
But sometimes my sea beneath the night blue
‘Comes a mirror for souls to see through.
...And once did I dream that my love was quite new!
...But now do I know
‘Tis older than life; ‘Tis the key and clew
That opens my room;
And keeps the deep room
A sweet place where none other may go.