A Poem For Thursday

by Zoë Pollock

"We Will Keep Our Dreams" by James B. Kenyon first appeared in The Atlantic Monthly in 1909:

Our dreams -- nay, soul, we will not let them go;
    What though the braggart world scoff and deny,
    And pygmies in the market strive and cry,
As emmet-like they hurry to and fro?
The bright hours lessen, and the shadows grow,
    But we will seek the silence, thou and I,
    Content, while fame and treasure pass us by,
To rove through quiet coverts that we know.

Yea, we will hearken to the wordless speech
    Of opening buds beneath the vernal showers;
To us the morn its dewy lore shall teach,
    The evening whisper o’er its sleeping flowers;
 And secrets the stars utter, each to each,
    Shall breathe of Peace ‘mid her immortal bowers.

(Image of Root bound by Kate Macdowell)