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.
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.