TO BERYL AT SEVENTEEN

Posted by Admin on Thursday, 17th January 2008, 00:00

At seventeen you symbolize
the spell of childhood’s artless ways,
retaining, though a shade more wise,
an innocence of younger days.

No artifice can half obscure
the youthful charm that lingers yet,
nor can those reddened lips mature
a mind with girlhood’s thoughts beset.

Entranced, I hear your carefree airs,
or watch your face alight with glee;
and lighter then my spirit bears
the ever-present Cannot Be.

T. C. Hudson
15th October 1939

© T. C. Hudson.

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