Children of the Mist

Children of the Mist

By

Rosamund Marriott-Watson

THE cold airs from the river creep
    About the murky town,
The spectral willows, half-asleep,
    Trail their long tresses down
Where the dim tide goes wandering slow,
Sad with perpetual ebb and flow.

The great blind river, cold and wide,
    Goes groping by the shore,
And still where water and land divide
    He murmurs evermore
The overword of an old song,
The echo of an ancient wrong.

There is no sound 'twixt stream and sky,
    But white mists walk the strand,
Waifs of the night that wander by,
    Wraiths from the river-land—
While here, beneath the dripping trees,
Stray other souls more lost than these.

Voiceless

282 Children of the Mist

Voiceless and visionless they fare,
    Known all too well to me—
Ghosts of the years that never were,
    The years that could not be—
And still, beneath the eternal skies
The old blind river gropes and sighs.





MLA citation: Marriott-Watson, Rosamund. "Children of the Mist" The Yellow Book 12 (January 1897): 281-282. The Yellow Nineties Online. Ed. Dennis Denisoff and Lorraine Janzen Kooistra. Ryerson University, 2013. Web. [Date of access]. http://1890s.ca/HTML.aspx?s=YBV12_marriotwatson_children.html