Posted by: W. E. Poplaski | March 29, 2009

POEM OF THE DAY: Tides

by Charles G. D. Roberts (1860 – 1943).

 

Tides

 

Through the dusk how sighs the ebb-tide out

  Reluctant of the reed-beds! Down the sands

  It washes. Hark! Beyond the wan grey strand’s

Low limits how the winding channels grieve,

Aware the evasive waters soon will leave                                      5

  Them void amid the waste of desolate lands,

  Where shadowless to the sky the marsh expands,

And the noon heats must scar them, and the drought.

 

Yet soon for them the solacing tide returns

  To quench their thirst of longing. Ah, not so                              10

Works the stern law our tides of life obey!

Ebbing in the night watches swift away,

  Scarce known are fled for ever is the flow;

And in parched channel still the shrunk stream mourns.

 

Notes:

http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/garvin/poets/robertscgd.html

http://www.uwo.ca/english/canadianpoetry/cpjrn/vol21/adams.htm

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