Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Path That Leads To Nowhere

Wild Springtime Violets became the
 official State Flower of New Jersey in 1971

There's a path that leads to Nowhere
In a meadow that I know,
Where an inland river rises
And the stream is still and slow;
There it wanders under the willows
And beneath the silver green
Of the birches' silent shadows
Where the early violets lean.

Other pathways lead to Somewhere,
But the one I love so well
Has no end and no beginning-
Just the beauty of the dell,
Just the windflowers and the lilies
Yellow striped as adder's tongue'
Seem to satisfy my pathway
as it winds their sweets among.

There I go to meet the Springtime,
Where the meadow is aglow,
Marigolds amid the marshes,
And the stream is still and slow;
There I find my fair oasis,
And with carefree feet I tread
For the pathway leads to Nowhere,
And the blue is overhead.

All the ways that lead to Somewhere
Echo with the hurrying feet
Of the Struggling and the Striving,
But the way I find so sweet
Bids me dream and bids me linger-
Joy and Beauty are its goal;
On the path that leads to Nowhere
I have sometimes found my soul.

Corinne Roosevelt Robinson

Wildflowers of the Meadow
Hunterdon County, New Jersey

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