Kittery Annie's Dream

“WHAT ponder you, Kittery Annie,
That idle you sit in the sun,
Rocking the chair before you,
While your work lies all undone ? ”
Little Annie turned to her mistress.
“ I think of my dream,” she said;
“It lies on my mind the livelong day,
A weight as heavy as lead.”
“What dreamed you, Kittery Annie?
Come tell your dream to me.”
“ O, I thought I could not hear your voice,
For the thundering of the sea.
“ From east and west and north and south
It gathered fierce and fast,
And raged about the quiet house
And reached the door at last.
“ And just as if it raised a hand
And struck an angry blow,
A great wave beat against the door, −
Then silence seemed to grow.”
“ Did no one answer, Annie,
That awful knock at the door?”
“ No ; waves were still, and winds were still,
And I heard nothing more.”
The mother thought of her bonny sons,
And there crept to her heart a chill,
And ever she thought of the ravening sea,
And the dream that boded ill.
“ O, is it my bonny boys it seeks,
Lashing the house around ?
Or is it their comrade, tried and true,
Must in his prime be drowned ? ” With his clear gray eyes and golden beard,
Like a strong young king of the sea,
The younger came, and, “ Mother ! ” he said,
“ O mother ! listen to me.”
She answered him with a sudden cry :
“ Our friend is gone ! ” he said,
“ O mother, our comrade, tried and true,
At the foot of the rock lies dead.
“ The breaker cuffed his shining head
And struck him from the light ;
And with a hundred arms the waves
Swift drew him out of sight.
“ O, darkened are his kind blue eyes,
That were so fair to see,
And still and cold the ready hands
That worked so faithfully.”
Sore mourned the younger brother,
But the elder did not speak ;
He bowed his head upon his breast,
With the salt tears on his cheek.
And no voice had the mother
For her heart that beat so wild,
But wistfully her eager eyes
Embraced each sorrowing child ;
And as she saw from the windows
The breakers flash and gleam,
She shuddered afresh at the warning
In Kittery Annie’s dream.
Celia Thaxter.