Treasure Island

May Sarton

(1912-1995 / Belgium)

Poems of May Sarton

1. (From) The Invocation to Kali 4/9/2010
2. A Country Incident 4/9/2010
3. First Snow 4/9/2010
4. Leaves before the Wind 4/9/2010
5. Now I Become Myself 4/9/2010
6. The Phoenix again 4/9/2010
7. When a Woman Feels Alone 4/9/2010
8. Who Wakes? 4/9/2010

A Country Incident

Absorbed in planting bulbs, that work of hope,
I was startled by a loud human voice,
“Do go on working while I talk. Don’t stop!”
And I was caught upon the difficult choice—
To yield the last half hour of precious light,
Or to stay on my knees, absurd and rude;
I willed her to be gone with all my might,
This kindly neighbor who destroyed a mood;
I could not think of next spring any more,

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