My Only Regret…

…is there was only one egret…

…a lonely egret? And I didn’t catch it in flight.

Once as I travelled through a quiet evening,
I saw a pool, jet-black and mirror-still.
Beyond, the slender paperbarks stood crowding;
each on its own white image looked its fill,
and nothing moved but thirty egrets wading –
thirty egrets in a quiet evening.

Once in a lifetime, lovely past believing,
your lucky eyes may light on such a pool.
As though for many years I had been waiting,
I watched in silence, till my heart was full
of clear dark water, and white trees unmoving,
and, whiter yet, those thirty egrets wading.

Egrets~Judith Wright

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6 thoughts on “My Only Regret…

  1. Beautiful even though you didn’t catch it in flight. I wonder, does it ever see its reflection in that still water, & not feel so lonely…

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