Tuesday, 14 September 2010

the shadow of mountains

Water Lilies

If you have forgotten water lilies floating
On a dark lake among mountains in the afternoon shade,
If you have forgotten their wet, sleepy fragrance,
Then you can return and not be afraid.

But if you remember, then turn away forever
To the plains and the prairies where pools are far apart,
There you will not come at dusk on closing water lilies,
And the shadow of mountains will not fall on your heart.

Sara Teasdale


  1. This poem has immediately entered my heart

  2. What a lovely poem!

    It's the mountains, more than the waterlilies, that would capture me.....


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