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First Line: Remember how you piled the driftwood high
Last Line: The vast sea-creatures move against our keel.
Alternate Author Name(s): Gilkyson, Walter, Mrs.
Subject(s): Driftwood; Fire


REMEMBER how you piled the driftwood high
Upon the sand that night? The silence swept
Down with the darkness, and a slow fog crept
Upon us from the sea, and stood close by,
Walling us in with quiet; till your spark
Made all the hidden magic that had slept
In dead dry timbers wake, so that it leapt
In the clear flame, and shattered all the dark!
Then were strange colors of the changing sea
Set forth in fire,—and suddenly we knew
In our small vision all the tyranny
Of storm,—and the far calm of placid blue,—
And in a breathless moment, we could feel
The vast sea-creatures move against our keel.





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