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Josephine Preston Peabody
“Words, words, / Ye are like birds. / Would I might fold you, / In my hands hold you / Till ye were warm and your feathers a-flutter; / Till, in your throats, / Tremulous notes / Foretold the songs ye would utter. / Words, words, / Ye are all birds! / Would ye might linger / Here on my finger, / Till I kissed each, and then set you a-winging / Wild, perfect flight, / Through morn to night, / Singing and singing and singing!”
“Ye great slow-moving ones, faithful as care is faithful, / Uncouth as dreams may be, sluggish as far-off ships, — / What bring ye me, O camels?”
Josephine Preston Peabody, U.S. poet, playwright
(1874 - 1922)