"O Birch-tree!" by Natalia Rumyantseva. Pastel


"Give me of your bark, O Birch-tree!
Of your yellow bark, O Birch-tree!
Growing by the rushing river,
Tall and stately in the valley!
I a light canoe will build me,
Build a swift Cheemaun for sailing,
That shall float upon the river,
Like a yellow leaf in Autumn,
Like a yellow water-lily!
  "Lay aside your cloak, O Birch-tree!
Lay aside your white-skin wrapper,
For the Summer-time is coming,
And the sun is warm in heaven,
And you need no white-skin wrapper!"

Longfellow Henry,The Song of Hiawatha

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The Dandelion  by Natalia Rumyantseva. Pastel

"O DANDELION, rich and haughty, 
King of village flowers! 
Each day is coronation time, 
You have no humble hours. 
I like to see you bring a troop 
To beat the blue-grass spears, 
To scorn the lawn-mower that would be 
Like fate's triumphant shears, 
Your yellow heads are cut away, 
It seems your reign is o'er. 
By noon you raise a sea of stars 
More golden than before."
Vachel Lindsay