Lips and Stars
Stars on the beach a-gleaming —
Tears in her dark, sweet eyes ;
Clouds in the sky fields dreaming ;
Lips that are soft with sighs.
Hearts that are nigh to breaking ;
Breasts all a-cry for love.
Souls all a-parch for slaking —
Winds and the rain above.
Two in the tide-way going,
Waves that pursue their feet ;
Surf and a star-breath blowing,
Swords of the sea’s sharp sleet.
“Kiss,” say the winds, “and kissing,
Pass through the dark-way’d night” —
“Kiss,” say the waves far-hissing ;
“Kiss !” cries the spindrift white.
Two in the tideway going
Under the dreaming moon.
Love in her dark eyes glowing,
Love on the beach star-strewn !
Grant Hervey. Australians Yet and Other Verses, Thomas C. Lothian, Melbourne, 1913, page 53