It... It plays upon the glowing, sunset boughs, When shadows have enveloped all below, And distant, other-worldly thoughts arouse A passion in the poet’s soul to go Beyond the earth, beyond the dark’ning sky, Where only unembodied spirits fly. It beckons coyly in that certain look The woodland flower wears in the morning light, Half-hidden in the shadows, by a brook Which murmurs gently, as if to invite The mind in endless beauties to immerse, Unfolding in its little universe. It guides by unseen force the flock of birds That swirls and soars upon the twilight air, And all that lives and breathes, as if by words Unspoken, though however unaware, Yet dance as its mysterious music sways And with our noblest thoughts of freedom, plays. And then, it sometimes visits in a form That haunts like some gigantic destiny; The dark and threatening beauty of a storm Whose coming flash of jagged light we see, Yet feel, as all around the thunder rolls, A primal freedom stirring in our souls. But most, I see it in another’s eyes, That sparkle when a thought is born within, Or fill with tears when holy passions rise That speak of what could be, or could have been; And I am in the presence of a force That is all other earthly Beauty’s source. The Snowflake The brooding mists of my thoughts haunt the morn, And heavily upon the meadows lie, Until, on faintly whispering winds, they’re born Aloft, into the brightening morning sky, And there, as if by magic, high above The dreaming earth, dance with the rays of sun, And are transformed by breath of Heaven’s love To infinitely lovely forms, each one A miracle that never was before! And like angels rejoicing in new birth, In dazzling beauty for a moment soar Above the clouds, then gently fall to earth; They’re mine no more than is the morning dew, And so I leave them on the page for you. Daniel Leach is a poet living in Houston, Texas. He has spent much of his life fighting for the ideals of classical culture and and poetry. His poems have been published on the 21st century classical poetry website www.thechainedmuse.com. More of his writings can be found here.