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Winter Streams
Bliss Carman


Now the little rivers go
Muffled safely under snow,

And the winding meadow streams
Murmur in their wintry dreams,

While a tinkling music wells
Faintly from their icy bells,

Telling how their hearts are bold
Though the very sun be cold.

Ah, but wait until the rain
Comes a-sighing once again,

Sweeping softly from the Sound
Over ridge and meadow ground!

Then the little streams will hear
April calling far and near,

Slip their snowy bands and run
Sparkling in the welcome sun.

This poem is in the public domain.

William Bliss Carman (1861 - 1929) was a Canadian poet whose standing and success rose and fell throughout his lifetime, though he was eventually named as his country's poet laureate. Distantly related to Ralph Waldo Emerson, Bliss spent most of his adult life in Boston, pursuing whatever literary career he could. Though his poetry was respected, it wasn?t especially popular until he published Songs of Vagabondia, a rollicking, free-spirited collection that people connected with immediately. His other most notable work was serving as editor for the World's Best Poetry book series.



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Great choice for today! I love it. Janice
Posted 02/18/2016 04:31 PM
Agree with Jean D.!
Posted 02/18/2016 03:58 PM
Very pretty
Posted 02/18/2016 01:10 PM
This poet may not have been appreciated during his lifetime but he has blessed my life on this one particular day. Excellent post, Jayne
Posted 02/18/2016 11:04 AM
how beautiful
Posted 02/18/2016 08:44 AM
Jean :D:
I love the 2nd last line, "slipped their snowy bands and run...". We in WI may get that chance this weekend with temps in the low 50's!! Come Spring, PLEASE! Great poem, thanks!
Posted 02/18/2016 05:14 AM

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