Song of the Sea-Wind

A Gift of Island Poetry ft L.M. Montgomery

When the sun sets over the long blue wave
I spring from my couch of rest,
And I hurtle and boom over leagues of foam
That toss in the weltering west,
I pipe a hymn to the headlands high,
My comrades forevermore,
And I chase the tricksy curls of foam
O’er the glimmering sandy shore.
The moon is my friend on clear, white nights
When I ripple her silver way,
And whistle blithely about the rocks
Like an elfin thing at play;
But anon I ravin with cloud and mist
And wail ‘neath a curdled sky,
When the reef snarls yon like a questing beast,
And the frightened ships go by.
I scatter the dawn across the sea
Like wine of amber flung
From a crystal goblet all far and fine
Where the morning star is hung;
I blow from east and I blow from west
Wherever my longing be—
The wind of the land is a hindered thing
But the ocean wind is free!

L.M. Montgomery. The Watchman and Other Poems (Toronto: McCleeland, Goodchild & Stewart, 1916).

Each month Deirdre Kessler selects a poem by an Island poet for The Buzz.