The Last Robin
Lyrics and Sonnets

by Ethelwyn Wetherald



AGAINST the winter’s heav’n of white the blood
     Of earth runs very quick and hot to-day;
     A storm of fiery leaves are out at play
Around the lingering sunset of the wood.
Where rows of blackberries unnoticed stood


     Run streams of ruddy color wildly gay;
     The golden lane half dreaming picks its way
Through whelming vines as through a gleaming flood.

O warm outspoken earth, a little space
     Against thy beating heart my heart shall beat,


          A little while they twain shall bleed and burn,
And then the cold touch and the gray, gray face,
     The frozen pulse, the drifted winding-sheet,
          And speechlessness, and the chill burial urn! [Page 190]