Love poems The Awakening River by Katherine Mansfield romantic poems

The Awakening River

The sea brings love to those in its spray…

The gulls are mad-in-love with the river,
And the river unveils her face and smiles.
In her sleep-brooding eyes they mirror their shining wings.
She lies on silver pillows: the sun leans over her.
He warms and warms her, he kisses and kisses her.
There are sparks in her hair and she stirs in laughter.
Be careful, my beautiful waking one! you will catch on fire.
Wheeling and flying with the foam of the sea on their breasts,
The ineffable mists of the sea clinging to their wild wings,
Crying the rapture of the boundless ocean,
The gulls are mad-in-love with the river.
Wake! we are the dream thoughts flying from your heart.
Wake! we are the songs of desire flowing from your bosom.
O, I think the sun will lend her his great wings
And the river will fly away to the sea with the mad-in-love birds.

Love poems The Awakening River by Katherine Mansfield gulls art

Love Poem by Katherine Mansfield

Love Art – Bonapartian Gull from Birds of America (1827) by John James Audubon (1785-1851), etched by Robert Havell (1793 – 1878)