The star dissolved in evening—the one star
and night O soon now, soon
And still the light now
and still now the large
and through the pools of blue
Still, still the swallows
and a wind now
and the tree
I was small. I lay
Beside my mother on the grass, and sleep
slow hooves and dripping with the dark
The velvet muzzles, the white feet that move
In a dream water
and O soon now soon
Sleep and the night.
And I was not afraid.
Her hand lay over mine. Her fingers knew
Darkness,—and sleep—the silent lands, the far
Far off of morning where I should awake.
Archibald MacLeish, “Ancestral” from Collected Poems 1917-1982. Copyright © 1985 by The Estate of Archibald MacLeish. Reprinted with the permission of Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Source: Collected Poems
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1952)
Poems by Archibald MacLeish