Songs of the Sea Children

by Bliss Carman




Eyes like the blue-green 
Shine of the sea, 
Where the swift shadows run 
Whose soul is free.

Shimmer of sunlight,

Shadow of gloom,
Wayward as ecstasy,
Solemn as doom.

Triumph, transplendour, 
Joy through and through, 


Till the soul wonders what 
Sense next may do.

Hair like the blown grass
Brown on the hill, 
Where the wide wandering 


Wind has his will.

Spirit, the nomad,
Whither to wend, 
Knows not and fears not, 
To the world's end.


Seadusk or Dawnbright
Name the earth's child, 
Like the wind, like the sea,
Virginal wild.