15. Lily Pool at Sandygate


The waterlilies floated on the still

Green bosom of the lake, yellow and white

Cups sitting on their rounded velvet pads,

Rare goblets waiting for a god to fill

With nectar for some Bacchanalian rite

And secret revelry of slim Naiads.

The trees, dark sentinels of field and hill,

Looked down, protective in their leafy might,

And urgent with unwritten Iliads.

Time paused, held by some universal will,

Waiting the miracle that reconciled

Creation with its maker.  Through that hush

Came human voices, and impetuous rush,

And the sweet laughter of a happy child.