Sanctuary Sunshine House Sonnets

by Bliss Carman

Illustrations by Whitman Bailey




From snow-bound paths and shortened afternoons
One step to summer warmth’s beatitude,
The desert’s balm, the Orient’s opulence!
A buckskin wall, a poppy-golden floor,
Tables and benches bold in lacquer red,
A Zuni blanket, Indian pottery,
And gorgeous chintz gay with great fabulous birds,—
All glowing life. Outside as day burns low,
Within his rocky hollow the gray brook
Makes iridescent frost-work where it runs
Through the blue snow; while o’er the purpling ridge
Where black woods stand against a pale jade sky,
Between two oaks a Mandarin-orange sun
Hangs like a Chinese gong immense and still.