Devoutly worshipping the oak
Wherein the barred owl stares,
The little feathered forest folk
Are praying sleepy prayers.
Praying the summer to be long
And drowsy to the end,
And daily full of sun and song,
That broken hopes may mend.
Praying the golden age to stay
Until the whip-poor-will
Appoints a windy moving day,
And hurries from the hill.
About this Poem
"Canticle" was originally published in Griffith's 1918 collection "City Pastorals."
About William Griffith
William Griffith was born in Memphis, Mont., in 1878. He was a prominent newspaper journalist and editor as well as a poet. His books of poetry include "City Views and Visions" and "The House of the Sphinx and Other Poems." Griffith died in 1936.
The Academy of American Poets is a nonprofit, mission-driven organization, whose aim is to make poetry available to a wider audience. Email The Academy at poem-a-day[at]poets.org.
This poem is in the public domain.
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