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SONGS OF THE SEA CHILDREN: 26, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: To-night I hear the rainbirds
Last Line: And leaves of the word unsaid.
Subject(s): Dreams


To-night I hear the rainbirds
Piercing the silver gloom;
The scent of the sea-blown lilacs
Wanders across my room.
Caught in their wake I follow
The drift of memory;
Once more the summer twilight
Settles upon the sea.
I shut my eyes and see you
Under the lilacs stand,
While the soft mists of sea-rain
Are blowing in to land.
Your little hands steal upward,
Our fingers interlace;
And through the driving sea-dark
I feel your burning face.
One little hour of heaven
Lost in a single kiss;
And then we two forever
The castaways of bliss.
To-night the scent of lilacs
Comes up to me again,
And ghosts of buried summers
Walk with the lonely rain.
But ah, what rooftree shelters
To-night the dear black head?
Only the sea wind answers --
And leaves of the word unsaid.





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