OVER the shoulders and slopes of the dune
I saw the white daisies go down to the sea,
A host in the sunshine, an army in June,
The people God sends us to set our hearts free.
The bobolinks rallied them up from the dell,
The orioles whistled them out of the wood;
And all of their singing was, “Earth, it is well!”
And all of their dancing was, “Life, thou art good!”
April 15, 1861 – June 8, 1929
According to Wikipedia, Mr. Carman was a preeminent Canadian poet. He was born William Bliss Carman, but liked to publish under his mother’s maiden name of Bliss. I like that. We all need a little more bliss in our lives. One of the most wonderful things about Muse Day is that I’ve greatly expanded my knowledge of poetry. I’ve discovered poets I’ve never read, and that includes Mr. Carman. Thank you Carolyn Gail.
I know this poem mentions June, but it’s late in that month before my daisies bloom, so I’m including it for July. Happy Muse Day everyone!