Charlotte Byndas

Inspiring Success in Many


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Enchanted Woods

Enter these enchanted woods,
You who dare,

Nothing harms beneath the leaves
More than waves a swimmer cleaves.

Toss your heart up with the lark,
Foot at peace with mouse and worm,
Fair you fare.

Only at a dread of dark
Quaver, and they quit their form:
Thousand eyeballs under hoods
Have you by the hair.

Enter these enchanted woods,
You who dare.

–George Meredith
The Woods of Wistermain

This poem discovered in a book discarded along with a couple hundred books I am prepping for delivery to a homeless shelter. It was the found “treasure” amongst the pile of discarded items.