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Jul 11, 2014

 

Elizabeth CoatsworthLike a tall woman walking across the hayfield

the rain came slowly, dressed in crystal and the sun.

Rustling along the ground, she stopped at our apple tree

only for a whispering minute, then swept darkening

skirts over the lake,

and so serenely climbed the wooden hills.

Was the rainbow a ribbon that she wore?

We saw it when she was gone. It seemed a part of her brightness

and the way she moved lightly, but with assurance

over the earth.


 

Poem and image used with permission
of the Henry Beston / Elizabeth Coatsworth estate

 

Elizabeth Coatsworth was a poet and children's author, married to the naturalist/writer, Henry Beston. She lived at their home, Chimney Farm, in Nobleboro, Maine, until her death in the 1980s. Mr. Beston died in 1968. Efforts are currently being made to preserve their home as a National landmark. Visit http://henrybeston.com to find out more.

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