- THE ships are lying in the bay,
- The gulls are swinging round their spars;
- My soul as eagerly as they
- Desires the margin of the stars.
- So much do I love wandering,
- So much I love the sea and sky,
- That it will be a piteous thing
- In one small grave to lie.
- Zoë Akins (1886 - 1958)
Bob Blair from The Poet's Corner explains that this verse is from The Second Book of Modern Verse
published in 1919. Zoë Akins was best known for her light comedies
for the stage, and at least one drama
(Edith Wharton's The Old Maid
), as well as several screen plays. As an actress who turned to writing she became a successful American poet
. Poetry was more of a hobby than a job for her and The Wanderer
is one of her outstanding poems.
Public domain text taken from The Poets’ Corner: