Beneath The Salvias
Beneath the salvias, where some angel slew
The favors that were granted by his god,
My heart is hidden ; let thy feet be shod
With feathers plucked from my wings of crim-
When here again thou might’st be wandering
Look not above; I’m breathing in the sod,
A-mindless of the years, ’neath which I’m trod—
Of Spring birds’ song, or shrieks of Winter’s
Here let me sleep, my lady: wake me not ;
Here let me gather, hidden from the moon
And the sun, the strength to rise again and see ;
No sweeter, dearer, more enchanting spot
Is there for my sick heart ; O, not so soon—
Awake me not—O, let me dream of thee.
From Myrtle and Myrrh (The Gorham Press, 1905) by Ameen Rihani. This poem is in the public domain.