Robert Frost

The Flood

Casually they shed words, and there, Like a never-known companion, rose What only the unsought moment knows, Discovery, that two can share And restore to sapling with surprise The wood the water petrifies, The sunken gopher ark in rain As deep as the god-wrath after Cain. They lifted this to the tree again As they shed words, and piled the shore They never thought would reappear, Living millenniums apart.… In sudden pairs we find the pain To float once more the flooded heart; Give sap to shipwreck washed to stone, And rescued, two together grown To the resurrected landfall one, Stand in the passion love puts on, The unsought yet awaited love, Far from the rainbow of the dove.

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