Later Poems

by Bliss Carman


 

Here and Now


 

  WHERE is Heaven? Is it not
  Just a friendly garden plot,
  Walled with stone and roofed with sun,
  Where the days pass one by one,
  Not too fast and not too slow,
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  Looking backward as they go
  At the beauties left behind
To transport the pensive mind!

  Is it not a greening ground
  With a river for its bound,

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  And a wood-thrush to prolong
  Fragrant twilights with his song,
  When the peonies in June
  Wait the rising of the moon,
  And the music of the stream
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Voices its immortal dream!

There each morning will renew
The miracle of light and dew,
And the soul may joy to praise
The Lord of roses and of days;

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There the caravan of noon
Halts to hear the cricket’s tune,
Fifing there for all who pass
The anthem of the summer grass!

Does not Heaven begin that day

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When the eager heart can say,
Surely God is in this place,
I have seen Him face to face
In the loveliness of flowers,
In the service of the showers,
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And His voice has talked to me
In the sunlit apple tree.

I can feel Him in my heart,
When the tears of knowledge start
For another’s joy or woe,

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Where the lonely soul must go.
Yea, I learned His very look,
When we walked beside the brook,
And you smiled and touched my hand.
God is love. . . I understand.
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