And now I take no sacredness amiss—
This dawn, the curtains parted, light—
And on the earth the sun so tender is I cannot rise.
I had it measured thus, computed so,
One hour for God and ten for song;
But into day the sun and hours go,
I wait behind.
Wind stirs the trees, the meadow slowly takes
The lighted greening blade by blade
Unto the heron-silences of lakes,
And still I wait.
This is my wrong,
I bade my soul arise
And shape the day, but calmly in
The interim my God thought otherwise,
And I am still.