A Poet’s Fancies


To Any Poet
Thou who singest through the earth
All the earth’s wild creatures fly thee;
Everywhere thou marrest mirth,—
      Dumbly they defy thee;
There is something they deny thee.
Pines thy fallen nature ever
For the unfallen Nature sweet.
But she shuns thy long endeavour,
      Though her flowers and wheat
Throng and press thy pausing feet.
Though thou tame a bird to love thee,
Press thy face to grass and flowers,
All these things reserve above thee
      Secrets in the bowers,
Secrets in the sun and showers.
Sing thy sorrow, sing thy gladness,
In thy songs must wind and tree
Bear the fictions of thy sadness,
      Thy humanity.
For their truth is not for thee.
Wait, and many a secret nest,
Many a hoarded winter-store
Will be hidden on thy breast.
      Things thou longest for
Will not fear or shun thee more.
Thou shalt intimately lie
In the roots of flowers that thrust
Upwards from thee to the sky,
      With no more distrust
When they blossom from thy dust.
Silent labours of the rain
Shall be near thee, reconciled;
Little lives of leaves and grain,
      All things shy and wild,
Tell thee secrets, quiet child.
Earth, set free from thy fair fancies
And the art thou shalt resign,
Will bring forth her rue and pansies
      Unto more divine
Thoughts than any thoughts of thine.
Nought will fear thee, humbled creature.
There will lie thy mortal burden
Pressed unto the heart of Nature,
      Songless in a garden,
With a long embrace of pardon.
Then the truth all creatures tell,
And His will Whom thou entreatest
Shall absorb thee; there shall dwell
      Silence, the completest
Of thy poems, last and sweetest.

Webpage © 2001 ELC
Lane Core Jr. (lane@elcore.net)
Created April 13, 2001; not revised.