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Poem by Ina Donna Coolbrith


THE summer-rose is dead;
The sad leaves, withered,
Strew ankle-deep the pathways to our tread.
Dry grasses mat the plain,
And drifts of blossom slain;
And day and night the wind is like a pain.

No nightingale to sing
In green boughs, listening,
Through balmy twilight hushes of the spring.
No thrush, no oriole
In music to out-roll
The little golden raptures of his soul.

O royal summer-reign!
When will you come again,
Bringing the happy birds across the main?
O blossoms ! when renew
Your pretty garbs, and woo
Your waiting, wild-bee lovers back to you?

For lo, my heart is numb;
For lo, my heart is dumb
Is silent till the birds and blossoms come!
A flower, that lieth cold
Under the wintry mold,
Waiting the warm spring-breathing to unfold.

O swallow! all too slow
Over the waves you go,
Dipping your light wings in their sparkling flow.
Over the golden sea,
O swallow! flying free,
Fly swiftly with the summer back to me.

Ina Donna Coolbrith

Ina Donna Coolbrith's other poems:
  1. The Mariposa Lily
  2. In Ended Days, a Child, I Trod Thy Sands
  3. Unbound
  4. The Day of Our Lord
  5. Two

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Edward Thomas October ("The green elm with the one great bough of gold")
  • Dinah Craik October ("IT is no joy to me to sit")
  • William Bryant October ("Ay, thou art welcome, heavens delicious breath!")
  • Rose Cooke October ("There comes a time of rest to thee")
  • Paul Dunbar October ("OCTOBER is the treasurer of the year")
  • Paul Hayne October ("THE passionate Summer's dead! the sky's a-glow")
  • John Payne October ("OCTOBER, May of the descending days")
  • Hilaire Belloc October ("Look, how those steep woods on the mountains face")
  • Ellis Butler October ("The forest holds high carnival to-day")
  • Ella Wilcox October ("Gone are the Spring and Summer from the year")
  • Elinor Wylie October ("Beauty has a tarnished dress")
  • Robert Frost October ("O hushed October morning mild")
  • Edgar Guest October ("Days are gettin' shorter an' the air a keener snap")

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