The hills of little Cornwall Themselves are dreams. The mind lies down among them, Even by day, and snores, Snug in the perilous knowledge That nothing more inward pleasing, More like itself, Sleeps anywhere beyond them Even by night In the great land it cares two pins about, Possibly; not more. The mind, eager for caresses, Lies down at its own risk in Cornwall; Whose hills, Whose cunning streams, Whose mazes where a thought, Doubling upon itself, Considers the way, lazily, well lost, Indulge it to the nick of death-- Not quite, for where it curls it still can feel, Like feathers, Like affectionate mouse whiskers, The flattery, the trap.
The sky, above us here, is open again.
The sun comes hotter, and the shingles steam.
The trees are done with dripping, and the hens
Bustle among bright pools to pick and drink. . . .
But east and south are black with speeding storm.
That thunder, low and far, remembering nothing,
Gathers a new world under it and growls,
Worries, strikes, and is gone. Children at windows
Cry at the rain, it pours so heavily down,
Drifting across the yard till the sheds are grey. . . .
A county father on, the wind is all—
A swift dark wind that turns the maples pale,
Ruffles the hay, and spreads the swallows’ wings.
Horses, suddenly restless, are unhitched,
And men, with glances upward, hurry in;
Their overalls blow full and cool; they shout;
Soon they will lie in barns and laugh at the lightning. . . .
Another county yet, and the sky is still;
The air is fainting; women sit with fans
And wonder when a rain will come that way.