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First Line: When the white feet of the baby beat across the grass
Last Line: Or firm and silken as young peony flowers.
Alternate Author Name(s): Lawrence, D. H.
Subject(s): Babies; Children; Mothers; Infants; Childhood


When the white feet of the baby beat across the grass
The little white feet nod like white flowers in a wind,
They poise and run like puffs of wind that pass
Over water where the weeds are thinned.

And the sight of their white playing in the grass
Is winsome as a robin's song so fluttering
Or like two butterflies that settle on a glass
Cup for a moment, soft little wing-beats uttering.

And I wish that the baby would tack across here to me
Like a wind-shadow running on a pond, so she could stand
With two little bare white feet upon my knee
And I could feel her feet in either hand

Cool as syringa buds in morning hours,
Or firm and silken as young peony flowers.






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