Signed art by David Elliot for 'There's a solemn wind tonight' by Katherine Mansfield
There is a solemn wind tonight
That sings of solemn rain;
The trees that have been quiet long
Flutter and start again.
The slender trees, the heavy trees,
The fruit laden and proud.
Lift up their branches to the wind
That cries to them so loud.
The little bushes and the plants
Bow to the solemn sound
And every tiniest blade of grass
Shakes on the quiet ground.
Image first appeared in 100 New Zealand Poems for Children edited by Jo Noble
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