Songs of the Sea Children

by Bliss Carman


 

XII


 

In the Kingdom of Boötes, 
Whose vast cordon none can tell, 
Mirac answers to Arcturus, 
"All is well!"

What to them are days and seasons,

5
Storm and triumph, plague and war—
With their large, serene appointments,
Star for star?

In this handbreadth of the midnight,
These heart-confines where we dwell, 

10

I can hear your spirit answer, 
"All is well!"

What to us is night or morrow, 
Or the little pause of death, 
In the rhythm of joy we measure 

15
Breath by breath?