Sunday, December 29, 2013

I Saw You Once So Long Ago

To Clara Rae: In Memoriam

I saw you once so long ago
And I cherish to my surprise
The smallness of the snow
And smaller still my eyes

That I should see you there
Is nothing short of strange
Where time cannot impair
Nor essence rearrange

Before my father’s gleam
Before the snow had steeped
I saw you in my dream
And before my years I reaped

I saw you once so long ago
From a picture that I hold
Snow melts and my eyes go
But you never grow old