A Song on the Water

As mad sexton’s bell, tolling
          For earth’s loveliest daughter,
Night’s dumbness breaks rolling
   So our boat breaks the water

As her look the dream troubles
          Of her tearful-eyed lover,
So our sails in the bubbles
   Are mirrored, and hover

This poem is in the public domain. Published in Poem-a-Day on October 24, 2021, by the Academy of American Poets.