Canadian Born

by Emily Pauline Johnson



Low Tide at St. Andrews

(NEW BRUNSWICK)


 

The long red flats stretch open to the sky,
Breathing their moisture on the August air.
The seaweeds cling with flesh-like fingers where
The rocks give shelter that the sands deny;
And wrapped in all her summer harmonies
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St. Andrews sleeps beside her sleeping seas.

The far-off shores swim blue and indistinct,
Like half-lost memories of some old dream.
The listless waves that catch each sunny gleam
Are idling up the waterways land-linked,
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And, yellowing along the harbor’s breast,
The light is leaping shoreward from the west.

And naked-footed children, tripping down,
Light with young laughter, daily come at eve
To gather dulse and sea clams and then heave
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Their loads, returning laden to the town,
Leaving a strange grey silence when they go,—
The silence of the sands when tides are low. [Page 8]