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Short poem

Marjorie Pickthall (1883-1922)


              1I gave my thoughts a golden peach,
              2A silver citron tree;
              3They clustered dumbly out of reach
              4And would not sing for me.

              5I built my thoughts a roof of rush,
              6A little byre beside;
              7They left my music to the thrush
              8And flew at eveningtide.

              9I went my way and would not care
            10If they should come and go;
            11A thousand birds seemed up in air,
            12My thoughts were singing so.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Marjorie L. C. Pickthall, Little Songs: A Book of Poems (Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1925): 23. PS 8531 I35L53 Robarts Library.
First publication date: 1925
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1998.
Recent editing: 2:2002/4/10

Rhyme: abab

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