when green goes down to sleep
WHEN GREEN GOES DOWN TO SLEEP by Carrow DeVries
Carrow DeVries (b.1906 d.1991) was a midwestern poet who experienced modest publication in his lifetime.
When Green Goes Down To Sleep is a re-edit of his book Hawthorn (Prairie Press, 1967), complete with a publisher's note, photographic ephemera, and sheet music written by Carle Wiltse to accompany the title poem.
Carrow was the grandfather of publisher Andrew Barton, and Two Plum Press will attempt to reprint all of his surviving works.
I was sitting in the front yard under the
Father came by and said, We'll cut it down
It gives so much shade the house is damp.
I remembered the wonder of its red falls,
The delicate lightness of beginning greens,
The cooling of the dense dark greens
On stifling summer days.
How comforting always standing there beside
As I came home in the dark.
I had grown to have affection for it.
Could I make my father understand.
I thought I could not.
Just then a winged seed pod fluttered down
Into my cupped hang.
See, I exclaimed, showing it to my father,
A winged gift!