Sanctuary Sunshine House Sonnets

by Bliss Carman

Illustrations by Whitman Bailey




Against the South Room wall of Sunshine House
There hangs a Japanese embroidery.
Upon a background of bright whorls of gold
Long drooping lines of blue wistaria sway,
While from the pond below white cranes upwing
Trailing their slim black legs in heavy flight,
Or turn with sleek necks and red eyes to peer
In the pale reedy shallows where they wade.
And there, when all the paths were locked in snow,
On many a summer journey I have gone
Through that fantastic land of golden art,
Where flowers fade not, the sun never dies,
And prisoned Sense may rove away from time,
A happy wanderer through Heart’s Desire.