By Child Poet, Hilda Conkling (1910-1986)
Photography by Alison M. Jones
The world turns softly
Not to spill its lakes and rivers.
The water is held in its arms
And the sky is held in the water.
What is water,
That pours silver,
And can hold the sky?
Many of Hilda’s poems were written between the ages of four to ten years old. They were transcribed by her mother. Most of Hilda’s poetry is about nature. Water, is from Poems by a Little Girl, which is free to read online thanks to Project Gutenberg.
– Posted by Jasmine Graf, NWNL Associate Director