In a Boat


See the stars, love,

In the water much clearer and brighter

Than those above us, and whiter,

Like nenuphars!


5Star-shadows shine, love:

How many stars in your bowl?

How many shadows in your soul?

Only mine, love, mine?


When I move the oars, see

10How the stars are tossed,

Distorted, even lost!

Even yours, do you see?


The poor waters spill

The stars, waters troubled, forsaken! -

15The heavens are not shaken, you say, love;

Its stars stand still.


There! did you see

That spark fly up at us? even

Stars are not safe in heaven!

20What of me then, love, me?


What then, love, if soon

Your star be tossed over a wave?

Will the darkness look like a grave?

Would you swoon, love, swoon?