The Last Robin
Lyrics and Sonnets


by Ethelwyn Wetherald



 

POINT DEFIANCE PARK.



DEFIANCE! How that name arouses me!
     Her redwood trees, like guardian angels great
    And giant-hearted, weave about her gate
The splendor of their leafy canopy.
In their encircling arms upstandeth she,

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     And breathes defiance to the harshest fate,
     To evil-speaking winds, to stormy hate,
To all the waves of her uncertain sea.

But most she feels defiance to the tide
     Of mellow sunshine with its days of calm,

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          And fainting breezes bidding effort cease.
O shining angels walking at my side,
     Keep me defiant of life’s languorous balm,
          Corroding ease and soul-consuming peace! [Page 174]