Treasure Island

Elsie Cole

(1884 - 1968 / Melbourne / Australia)

Previous Month August 2014 Next Month
Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa Su
28 29 30 31 1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30 31
Modern Poem of The Day
Select a day from the calendar.
Would you like to see the poem of the day in your e-mail box every morning?
Your email address:
  Subscribe FREE
  Unsubscribe

Song of the Foot Track


COME away, come away from the straightness of the road;
I will lead you into delicate recesses
Where peals of ripples ring through the maidenhair’s abode
In the heart of little water wildernesses.

I will show you pleasant places; tawny hills the sun has kissed,
Where the giant trees the wind is always swinging
Rise from clouds of pearly saplings tipped with rose and amethyst,—
Fairy boughs where fairy butterflies are clinging.

Come away from the road; I will lead through shade and sheen,
Changing brightly as the year of colour passes
Through each tint the opal knows, from the flaming winter green
To the summer gold and silver of the grasses.

Here is riot of leaf and blossom, ferny mosses in the glade
Pressing round the wattle’s stem of dappled splendour;
Even the pathway that you tread smiles with daisies unafraid,—
Laden branches lean to breathe a welcome tender.

Come away from the road; let wild petals cool your eyes
Dim and hardened with the arid light of duty;
Lose awhile your weary purpose, leave the highway of the wise
For the little reckless of joy and beauty.

I am fairer still to follow where the Bush is lonelier grown
And the purple vines fling tendrils out to bind me;
For the secret of my lure is the call of the Unknown,
Hidden Loveliness that laughs: ‘Come and find me!’

Follow on, ah, come with me! Though the way is fainter shown
Where the restless waves of green have splashed and crossed me;
In the temple of the trees you have met delight alone;
Winning happiness, what matter though you lost me?

In this dreamy fane of sunshine, where wood-violets are rife,
Though I leave you,—path and bracken surges blended,—
Would you say I led you vainly? I have sung the joy of life,
I have set you in the way; my song is ended.

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004

Do you like this poem?
6 person liked.
0 person did not like.

Read poems about / on: fairy, sunshine, purple, green, joy, happiness, silver, winter, summer, rose, song, water, beauty, lost, wind, alone, sun, light, butterfly, tree

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Song of the Foot Track by Elsie Cole )

Enter the verification code :

  • Cassandra Jasmine (8/19/2014 7:57:00 PM)

    I should SERIOUSLY get onto Poem Hunter more often... I mean look at the poems I have been missing!
    This poem was awesome, I loved it a bunch. :) (Report) Reply

  • Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (8/19/2014 9:27:00 AM)

    beautiful makes me want to take a very long walk in the woods mostly to find solitude very well written..a ten from me..looking forward to more of your wonderful poetry... (Report) Reply

  • Pranab K Chakraborty (8/19/2012 7:32:00 AM)

    For the secret of my lure is the call of the Unknown,
    Hidden Loveliness that laughs: ‘Come and find me! ’

    Wide range of colorful imagery yet the mystery resides within the whole writing. Poet calls to give up straightness yet she herself ends her own journey. Mystery and mystic beauty blended with possibility of confusion........................................................Pranab k c (Report) Reply

Read all 4 comments »

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  9. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  10. A Dream Within A Dream
    Edgar Allan Poe

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Beautiful Mistake, Noorjehan Khan
  2. A house divided, Doyen Lingua
  3. Just Be There, Ronell Warren Alman
  4. A COFFEE KETTLE FOR A CUP OF COFFEE غلاي.., MOHAMMAD SKATI
  5. Listen And Learn, Lilly Emery
  6. On getting dressed, Mark Heathcote
  7. Lesson, Michelle Claus
  8. Realities Dream, Cathy Hodgson
  9. THE TREACHEROUS SEA البحر الغدار, MOHAMMAD SKATI
  10. Poem En Duo, Abekah Emmanuel

Poem of the Day

poet Robert Burns

When biting Boreas, fell and doure,
Sharp shivers thro' the leafless bow'r;
When Phoebus gies a short-liv'd glow'r,
Far south the lift,
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Jessie Pope

 
[Hata Bildir]