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Hilda Conkling

"There is a star that runs very fast, / That goes pulling the moon / Through the tops of the poplars."

Hilda Conkling, "Moon Song," in Poems by a Little Girl (1920)

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"The world turns softly / Not to spill its lakes and rivers."

Hilda Conkling, "Water," in Poems by a Little Girl (1920)

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"Bridges do sometimes begin on the earth / And end in the sky."

Hilda Conkling, "Venice Bridge," in Poems by a Little Girl (1920)

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"The morning is like the inside of a snow-apple."

Hilda Conkling, "Poems," in Poems by a Little Girl (1920)

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"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."

Hilda Conkling, "Hills," in Poems by a Little Girl (1920)

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"Tan and green orchid, / Are you a little lady / Holding up your skirts / Above wet grass? "

Hilda Conkling, "Orchid Lady," in Shoes of the Wind (1922)

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"The moon is at her crystal window / Spinning and weaving ..."

Hilda Conkling, "Moon in October," in Shoes of the Wind (1922)

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"Morning is sweeter / For her voice."

Hilda Conkling, "Wood Dove," in Shoes of the Wind (1922)

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"Cowslips in water ... I found them wading / Up to their little green knees ..."

Hilda Conkling, "May Basket," in Shoes of the Wind (1922)

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"Boulders have their minds on the center of the earth / They came from."

Hilda Conkling, "May Basket," in Shoes of the Wind (1922)

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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.