The Salt Flats
Selected Poems of Sir Charles G. D. Roberts (Toronto: Ryerson, 1936): 101. PS 8485 O22A17 Robarts Library.
1Here clove the keels of centuries ago
2 Where now unvisited the flats lie bare.
3 Here seethed the sweep of journeying waters, where
6 The salty currents of the sap. The air
7 Hums desolately with wings that seaward fare,
8Over the lonely reaches beating low.
9The wastes of hard and meagre weeds are thronged
10With murmurs of a past that time has wronged;
11 And ghosts of many an ancient memory
12Dwell by the brackish pools and ditches blind,
13In these low-lying pastures of the wind,
14 These marshes pale and meadows by the sea.
Publication Start Year:
The Independent (March 19, 1891).
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