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Dora Sigerson Shorter (Дора Сигерсон Шортер)


Cean Duv Deelish


Cean duv deelish, beside the sea
I stand and stretch my hands to thee
      Across the world.
The riderless horses race to shore
With thundering hoofs and shuddering, hoar,
      Blown manes uncurled.

Cean duv deelish, I cry to thee
Beyond the world, beneath the sea,
      Thou being dead.
Where hast thou hidden from the beat
Of crushing hoofs and tearing feet
      Thy dear black head?

Cean duv deelish, ’tis hard to pray
With breaking heart from day to day,
      And no reply;
When the passionate challenge of sky is cast
In the teeth of the sea and an angry blast
      Goes by.

God bless the woman, whoever she be,
From the tossing waves will recover thee
      And lashing wind.
Who will take thee out of the wind and storm,
Dry thy wet face on her bosom warm
      And lips so kind?

I not to know.  It is hard to pray,
But I shall for this woman from day to day,
      “Comfort my dead,
The sport of the winds and the play of the sea.”
I loved thee too well for this thing to be,
      O dear black head!



Dora Sigerson Shorter's other poems:
  1. I Prayed So Eagerly
  2. My Neighbour’s Garden
  3. For Ever
  4. The Blow Returned
  5. The Wreckage


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