Time-Worn

WHAT magic long ago was in your footstep,
That changed each night to day,
And swung high noon to midnight every hour
You went away.

How long the time--is now beyond my telling,
With days become as years,
And that last pledge of your returning--seasons
In arrears!

I only know my heart is beating slowly:
Come--and swift your feet!
Or else there will be neither noon nor midnight
When we meet.


The Weather Glass

THERE is no refuge from this wind tonight,
Though sound the roof and double-latched the door,
And though I've trimmed the wick, there is no light,
Nor is there warmth although the tamaracks roar;
Nor will the battery of those surges keep
The hammering pulses silent in my sleep.

But one alone might quell this storm tonight,
And were he now this moment at the door,
His eyes would clear the shadows from this light,
His voice put laughter in the billets' roar,
And he would clasp me in his arms and keep
The wheeling gulls from screaming through my sleep.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Introduction xi
  • Dunkirk 1
  • Come Away, Death 16
  • From Stone to Steel 20
  • Still Life 21
  • Father Time 23
  • The Baritone 26
  • The Old Organon (1225 A.D.) 29
  • The New (1937 A.D.) 31
  • Before an Altar - (after Gueudecourt) 36
  • The Titanic 97
  • The Brawler in "Who's Who" 129
  • The "Roosevelt" and the "Antinoe" 136
  • Newfoundland Reminiscences 165
  • Old Harry 169
  • The Shark 187
  • The Fog 188
  • Overheard by a Stream 191
  • To Angelina, an Old Nurse 192
  • Toll of the Bells 196
  • Time-Worn 202
  • The Lee-Shore 203
  • Erosion 205
  • The Sea-Cathedral 213
  • A Miscellany 223
  • A Prairie Sunset 225
  • Out of Step - (1931 A.D.) 226
  • The Parable of Puffsky 227
  • A Feline Silhouette 232
  • Comrades 234
  • The Epigrapher 235
  • Extravaganzas 239
  • The Witches' Brew (in Celebration of a Fifth Wedding Anniversary) 241
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