Songs of the Sea Children

by Bliss Carman




In the blue opal of a winter noon, 
When all the world was a white floor 
Lit by the northern sun, 
I saw with naked eyes a midday star 
Burn on like gleaming spar,

Where all its fellows of the mighty dusk 
Had perished one by one.

When I shall have put by the vagrant will,
And down this rover's twilight road 
Emerge into the sun,

Be thou my only sheer and single star, 
Known, named, and followed far, 
When all these Jack-o'-lantern hopes and fears
Have perished one by one!