GOD WALKED ONE NIGHT FROM END TO END OF THE MILKY WAY
by: Elsa Barker (1869-1954)
- OD walked one night from end to end of the Milky Way;
- He was looking for something that He could not find.
- I could have told Him where to find it;
- But being so simple in most ways, I am like a child who joys to have a secret from its father,
- And so I held my peace.
- What think you that God went seeking in all the shops along the great White Road?
- Was it a jewel of rich price, in a ring of cunning workmanship, which should gleam on His finger upheld in admonition of the archangels when they were slow in their world-building?
- Nay, dear, God sought not a stone.
- But someone had told him of a gay and vagabond angel, who enjoyed freedom of space and companionship with all things, yet desired not rule and power.
- Yea, God was looking for me, to make me Lord of a planet;
- But I hid myself in the floating hair of an outbound comet, and held my breath and smiled.
POEMS BY ELSA BARKER
|"God Walked One Night From End to End of the Milky Way" is reprinted from Songs of a Vagrom Angel. Elsa Barker. New York: Mitchell Kennerley, 1916.