Don Marquis

We stood among the boats and nets;
  We saw the swift clouds fall,
We watched the schooners scamper in
  Before the sudden squall;—
The jolly squall strove lustily
  To whelm the sheltered street—
The merry squall that piled the seas
About the patient headland’s knees
  And chased the fishing fleet.

She laughed; as if with wings her mirth
Arose and left the wingless earth
  And all tame things behind;
Rose like a bird, wild with delight
Whose briny pinions flash in flight
  Through storm and sun and wind.

Her laughter sought those skies because
  Their mood and hers were one,
For she and I were drunk with love
  And life and storm and sun!

And while she laughed, the Sun himself
  Leapt laughing through the rain
And struck his harper hand along
The ringing coast; and that wind-song
  Whose joy is mixed with pain
Forgot the undertone of grief
  And joined the jocund strain,
And over every hidden reef
Whereon the waves broke merrily
Rose jets and sprays of melody
  And leapt and laughed again.

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