Cicely Fox Smith

(1 February 1882 – 8 April 1954 / Lymm, Cheshire)

The Enchanted Forest - Poem by Cicely Fox Smith

The gnarled boughs hand darkling down,
And biers sweep my knees;
The moon is low, like a gold lamp,
Behind the twisted trees.

O dark and still are the wet fern
And trees where no birds nest;
What heed have I for night or day
Who ride a livelong quest?

There is no cockcrow in the dark,
No bleat from a far fold,
When the Forest Folk begin to stir
Under the starlight cold.

Rend your wild hair, you elfin things,
That peep from bush and tree;
I know what strangling arms you reach
Athwart the dusk to me.

Twist your fierce lips, you false fair things,
I know what dance you tread
To what drear tune 'neath the cold moon
O' nights wi' the sheeted dead.

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Poem Submitted: Monday, August 30, 2010

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