Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE ELF CHILD, by GEORGE LAWRENCE ANDREWS

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THE ELF CHILD, by            
First Line: Melissa was a strange, strange child
Last Line: To be so mute and lie so still.
Subject(s): Children; Chipmunks; Fairies; Childhood; Elves

Melissa was a strange, strange child;
Less human she appeared than elfin;
With thoughts as wild and eyes as dark
As dusky caves she hid herself in.

Shy chipmunks were at ease with her;
And squirrels poised upon her knee.
She loosed her sweet, self-fashioned songs
With tilted head against a tree.

She floated like a wisp of cloud
Up mountain trails too steep and high.
At night, her swiftness trapped in bed,
Her bright, caged eyes would find the sky.

With windy spaces her delight;
And wayward paths to roam at will --
Oh, now it must be hard for her
To be so mute and lie so still.

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