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FIVE INCONSEQUENTIAL CHARMS, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Spoon, o spoon
Last Line: Beg your kindness, foster-mother.
Alternate Author Name(s): Beston, Henry, Mrs.
Subject(s): Charms (Magic)


CHARM FOR A SILVER SPOON

Spoon, O spoon,
Wrought from thin silver,
Bright as a small moon,
Drollest and most companionable
Of all utensils of the housewife's table,
Be serviceable beside my cup of tea
And by the fire share bread and milk with me.

CHARM ON MAKING A BED

With sheets cool and smooth
I bid you bring rest,

With the fleece of soft blankets
Lap warmly the spirit,

With the quaintness of quilts
Give whimsical dreams.
CHARM FOR RUNNING WATER

Hesitator,
Faltering from pool to pool,
Leaping like a child,
Or a fawn
Among the rocks,
Leaf-dappled,
Wild and sweet,
Turn not from us
Languid with summer.

CHARM FOR THE DISREPUTABLE CROWS

Crow! crow!
Ironic and rusty,
Raucous-voiced, heavy-winged,
Tattered and dusty,
Tramp bird, scamp bird,
I beg you to fly
In grotesque grandeur
Against my sky.

CHARM FOR A JAR

All the flowers of the garden
Fresh from dew and slant of sunlight
Fresh from song and the loam's clinging,
Beg your kindness, foster-mother.





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