Verse > Anthologies > Louis Untermeyer, ed. > Modern American Poetry
Louis Untermeyer, ed. (1885–1977). Modern American Poetry.  1919.
Charles Erskine Scott Wood. 1852–
9. Sunrise
THE lean coyote, prowler of the night, 
Slips to his rocky fastnesses, 
Jack-rabbits noiselessly shuttle among the sage-brush, 
And from the castellated cliffs, 
Rock-ravens launch their proud black sails upon the day.         5
The wild horses troop back to their pastures. 
The poplar-trees watch beside the irrigation-ditches. 
Orioles, whose nests sway in the cotton-wood trees by the ditch-side, begin to twitter. 
All shy things, breathless, watch 
The thin white skirts of dawn,  10
The dancer of the sky, 
Who trips daintily down the mountain-side 
Emptying her crystal chalice.... 
And a red-bird, dipped in sunrise, cracks from a poplar's top 
His exultant whip above a silver world.  15

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