Classic and Contemporary Poetry
RIVER ELMS, by LEXIE DEAN ROBERTSON Poet's Biography
First Line: I love to sleep out doors beneath an elm
Last Line: An elm tree talked with god.
Subject(s): Dreams; Rivers; Nightmares
I LOVE to sleep out doors beneath an elm
Where spreads a canopy of frail green lace
Between me and the moon
A fragile lace made silvery with stars.
I lie in radiant dusk and watch the trace
Of shadows in the circled realm
Below the tree till the warm dark unbars
Each secret lure of June.
Such nights bring to my heart a rich content
And oneness with the earth, for then I know
The feel of breathing sod,
The deep dreams of the river rushing by
Beneath sweet alder blooms that fall and scent
The frothy water. Once when a low
And simple prayer went lifting toward the sky
An elm tree talked with God.
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