La Californie

Title

La Californie

Description

A poem recollecting the speaker's time in Villa La Californie, in Cannes, France.

Creator

Robinson, A(gnes) Mary F(rancis)

Date

December 1888

Type

poem

Coverage

pg. 64

Text

An arid place: I would not call it fair:
Low-lying marshes dappled with the sea;
A raised white road that stretches endlessly
Across the sunshine in a lilac glare.

One liquid shadow marks the only house,
Sun-smitten, white, below the causeway-edge.
Screened from the sea-winds with a broken hedge
Of straggling cypress rearing dusty boughs.

Nought else; save only where the wind breaks through
Those Indian reeds that end the sun-baked plains,
Divides the yellow thicket of the canes,
And dazzles with an endless breadth of blue.

Sea, marsh, and sun: 'tis something less than fair;
Yet, ah ! my dear, we were so happy there.