Wild Garden

by Bliss Carman


 

LITTLE SMOKING FLAX

TO L.E.


 

Dance, Little Smoking Flax!
Dance and proclaim
All thy still loveliness
Lyric as flame.

Unmute thy life-music,

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Set free thy young joys
In magical phrases
Of rhythm and poise.

The passion of life
And the pageant of art

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Must time to the drum-beat
That sounds in thy heart,—

With eloquent telling
Of gesture and bearing,
Each impulse revealing,

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Each story declaring.

Of shimmering beryl
Thy garments shall be,
To dance with the tumult
And shine of the sea.

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Under tints of the dawn,
In azure and jade,
The floor of the world
For thy dancing was laid.

Release thy enchantments,

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Thine ardor unveil,
With the rapture that ran
Through the feet of Izeyl.

Bare-foot and tender,
Each step like a note

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Of jubilant song
From a bobolink’s throat!

Light as an Oread
Treading the dew
In glamorous twilight

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When summer is new,

Dance to the silver moon
Slim in the west,
Glad with the answering
Thrill in thy breast.

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Dance with the running brook,
Run with the rain,
The wind o’er the wheat field,
The snow o’er the plain.

Dance with the sunlight

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That falls through the trees
In quick golden patterns
That shift with the breeze.

Swirl with the trailing mist
Through the blue canyon,

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Pan’s pipe thy music
And mirth thy companion.

Flit with the fireflies
Weaving their spell,—
Fairy lights moving

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To signal all’s well.

Swing with the planets
Their sarabands slow,
In mounting Te Deums
The Seraphim know.

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Through thrice-happy measures
No hesitance mars,
Ungirdle thy beauty
And dance to the stars.

Spring, Little Smoking Flax,

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With thy heart’s flame,
Vibrant with Spirit
That earth cannot tame!

Thou shalt be called
Beloved of Shamballah,

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And dance like the joy
In the Garden of Allah.