Tangled in Stars

Poems by
Ethelwyn Wetherald



 

THE SILENT SNOW



To-day the earth has not a word to speak.
    The snow comes down as softly through the air
    As pitying heaven to a martyr’s prayer,
Or white grave roses to a bloodless cheek.
The footsteps of the snow, as white and meek
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    As angel travelers, are everywhere—
    On fence and brier and up the forest stair,
And on the wind’s trail o’er the moorland bleak.

They tread the rugged road as tenderly
    As April venturing her first caress;

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        They drown the old earth’s furrowed griefs and scars
Within the white foam of a soundless sea,
    And bring a deeper depth of quietness
        To graves asleep beneath the silent stars. [Page 39]