Thursday, March 09, 2006

A Walk Beside the Sea

One of my favorite pictures taken at St. George Island, Florida.

The Sea Gypsy

I am fevered with the sunset,
I am fretful with the bay,
For the wander-thirst is on me
And my soul is in Cathay.

There's a schooner in the offing,
With her topsails shot with fire,
And my heart has gone aboard her
For the islands of Desire.

I must forth again tomorrow!
With the sunset I must be
Hull down on the trail of rapture
In the wonder of the Sea.

Richard Hovey

A Flower

Walking through the forest,
I saw a flower -
Soft, pale yellow, delicate-
I picked it.

The trees wept with sadness.
The ferns bowed their heads.
The birds stopped their singing
and looked on with mournful silence.

D.Walsh 1970

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

The First Snowfall

The snow had begun in the gloaming,
And busily all the night
Had been heaping field and highway
With a silence deep and white.

Every pine and fir and hemlock
Wore ermine too dear for an earl,
And the poorest twig on the elm tree
Was ridged inch deep with pearl.


If I Can Stop One Heart From Breaking . .

If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.

Emily Dickinson