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“There is a star that runs very fast, / That goes pulling the moon / Through the tops of the poplars.”
“The world turns softly / Not to spill its lakes and rivers.”
“Bridges do sometimes begin on the earth / And end in the sky.”
“The morning is like the inside of a snow-apple.”
“The hills are going somewhere; / They have been on the way a long time. / They are like camels in a line / But they move more slowly.”
“Tan and green orchid, / Are you a little lady / Holding up your skirts / Above wet grass? ”
“The moon is at her crystal window / Spinning and weaving ...”
“Morning is sweeter / For her voice.”
“Cowslips in water ... I found them wading / Up to their little green knees ...”
“Boulders have their minds on the center of the earth / They came from.”
Hilda Conkling, U.S. child-poet
(1910 - 1986)
Almost all her poetry was written between the ages of 4 and 10, and recorded by her mother. She is not known to have written any as an adult.