The Weaver

by Edgar A Guest

The patter of rain on the roof,
The glint of the sun on the rose;
Of life, these the warp and the woof,
The weaving that everyone knows.
Now grief with its consequent tear,
Now joy with its luminous smile;
The days are the threads of the year –
Is what I am weaving worth while?

tear on face

What pattern have I on my loom?
Shall my bit of tapestry please?
Am I working with gray threads of gloom?
Is there faith in the figures I seize?
When my fingers are lifeless and cold,
And the threads I no longer can weave
Shall there be there for men to behold
One sign of the things I believe?

question mark



God sends me the gray days and rare,
The threads from his bountiful skein.
And many, as sunshine, are fair.
And some are as dark as the rain.
And I think as I toil to express
My life through the days slipping by,
Shall my tapestry prove a success?
What sort of weaver am I?



Am I making the most of the red
And the bright strands of luminous gold?
Or blotting them out with the thread
By which all men’s failure is told?
Am I picturing life as despair.
As a thing men shall shudder to see,
Or weaving a bit that is fair
That shall stand as the record of me?


Just Folks By Edgar A Guest copyright 1917



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