When we returned from Washington DC we knew
we were probably leaving blooming roses and trickling
fountains, so this was no surprise.
However it did rain the last two days in DC and
the tamaracks have never looked lovelier.
"Why should you think that beauty lies
Only under distant skies:
When maples softly sway and bend
And robins greet you as a friend,
Why should you long for palms, or sigh
To see strange rivers slipping by:
You, for whom meadow brooks run clear,
And little paths are known and dear?
Why should you think the moon may be
More golden over some far sea:
And where will you find hills to roam
As lovely as the hills of home?
What can earth give you, near or far,
But wind and sea and dawn and star;
With all of these beside your door
Why should you cross the world for more?"
For Beauty Near
Floris Clark McLean