The House of the Trees
& Other Poems

by Ethelwyn Wetherald



NOW that the earth has hid her lovely brood
     Of green things in her breast safe out of sight,
     And all the trees have stripped them for the fight,
The winter comes with wild winds singing rude
Hoarse battle songs—so furious in feud


     That nothing lives that has not felt their bite.
     They sound a trumpet in the dead of night
That makes more solitary solitude.

Against the forest doors how fierce they beat!
     Against the porch, against the school-bound boy


          With crimson cheek bent to his shaggy coat.
The earth is pale but steadfast, hearing sweet
     But far—how far away! The stream of joy
          Outpouring from a bluebird’s tender throat. [Page 44]