by LUCY MAUD MONTGOMERY (1874-1942)
A pale enchanted moon is sinking low
Behind the dunes that fringe the shadowy lea,
And there is haunted starlight on the flow
Of immemorial sea.
I am alone and need no more pretend
Laughter or smile to hide a hungry heart;
I walk with solitude as with a friend
Enfolded and apart.
We tread an eerie road across the moor
Where shadows weave upon their ghostly looms,
And winds sing an old lyric that might lure
Sad queens from ancient tombs.
I am a sister to the loveliness
Of cool far hill and long-remembered shore,
Finding in it a sweet forgetfulness
Of all that hurt before.
The world of day, its bitterness and 1cark,
No longer have the power to make me weep;
I welcome this communion of the dark
As toilers welcome sleep.
Lucy Maud Montgomery was a Canadian writer, who became famous for her juvenile books, especially Anne of Green Gables (1908) with its six sequels. learn more