Rain at Muchalat, rain at Sooke,
And rain, they say, from Yale to Skeena,
And the skid-roads blind, and never a look
Of the Coast Range blue over Malaspina,
And west winds keener
Than jack-knife blades,
And rocks grown greener
With the long drip-drip from the cedar shades
On the drenched deep soil where the footsteps suck,
And the camp half-closed and the pay-roll leaner, —
Say, little horse, shall we hunt our luck?
Yet... I don't know... there’s an hour at night
When the clouds break and the stars are turning
A thousand points of diamond light
Through the old snags of the cedar-burning,
And the west wind’s spurning
A hundred highlands,
And the frost-moon’s learning
The white fog-ways of the outer islands,
And the shallows are dark with the sleeping duck,
And life’s a wonder for our discerning, —
Say, little horse, shall we wait our luck?
Source: The Selected Poems of Marjorie Pickthall (McClelland & Stewart, 1957).