Ina Coolbrith

1841 – 1928 / Nauvoo, Illinois


WHEREFORE is it, as I pass
Through the fragrant meadow-grass,
That the daisies, nestling shyly in sweet places,
Lifting crispy, curly heads
From their wee, warni clover-beds,
Seem to my imagining, little elfin faces.

Can it be the daisies speak?
Leaning rosy cheek to cheek,
In a merry gossiping, lightly nodding after?
Or a fancy, that I heard
Just the faintest whispered word,
And a silver-echoing ripple of soft laughter?
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