The Poetry of Ellin Anderson


Ellin Anderson


Was he polite, or simply slow?
To my delight, I didn't know,
For I was by the glowing stove
And chilled enough, to see him go,

Without the terror of the grove
Where drowsy autumn bears may rove:
I nearly met him face to face
Beside my ripened apple-trove.

Through honey dusk and window lace,
I watched him pad away to grace
The lawn with his black bulk, that cast
A cloak of shadow and in case

We meet again or meet at last:
He held the amber moment fast
As if my little life had passed,
As if my little life had passed.


The night was black, the night was deep;
Too vast for one, too still for sleep,
And where the vault stood glittering,
The snow-white suns rolled in to keep

That sigil of the cruel spring
Emblazoned there: the vernal king
Whose miniature, now waked from cave,
Trod down the sugar snow to bring

His nightly noise, that tries the brave.
I heard him shuffle, growl, and rave,
And drew the quilt above my head,
And thought my bed was like the grave,

So safe was I, within his tread,
For panicked thief and cur had fled
As if I was already dead,
As if I was already dead.


The month was May, the night was mild,
The setting neither tame nor wild,
And on the span, where waters ran,
A mother lingered with her child

As bears have done, since bears began,
Before a bridge, before a man
Had come to cross the crystal road.
By sun and moon, the shaggy clan

Take salmon from that silver lode    
And make the woods their fair abode
Within the prism of my art:
The sonnet, villanelle, and ode.

Unmindful of the bitter dart,
They softly come, and softly part,
As if the watcher had a heart,
As if the watcher had a heart.

2009 by Ellin Anderson. All rights reserved.
No part of this work may be copied or used in any way
without written permission from the author.

St. Patrick's Day
Tiger and Blue Jewel

Winter's Hill
Maple-Key Song
November in Camelot

Wassail Song
The Rooster at Midsummer
Liberty Enlightens the People

The Leap
The Goldfinch
Song of the Lily
White Tree at Twilight
The Christmas Tree

Grand Bois du Nord
The Owl
Moth Summer
The Little God of Joy
Photographing the Moon
A Rabbit
Rose, Do You Know
The Two Pining Bachelors

The Harvest Chorus
The Maple Mask
Ghost Cardinal

The Little Heath-Rose
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Song for the Harp

The Spinner
The Prayer of Cephalus
Circe and Ulysses
The Black Arts
Tristan and Isolde & Jupiter's Two Casks

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