Marriott, Anne. “Thirst.” Victoria Poetry Chapbook: A Year Book of the Poetry Group of the Canadian Authors’ Association. Ed. Alan Crawley. Victoria, BC: Canadian Authors Association, 1936. 6.


I would drink deep of this September,
Ruby-red draught, amber, purple-brown,
Hold in both hands the bright silver tankard,
Take a long drink before setting it down.

I would treasure the fire of it in my throat,
Let it run to my veins, a last warm leaping,
Hold on my tongue the clear tangy wine
Potent and sharp from its long keeping.

Pour me out more! Let it brim over!
Scented, sun-gold, mellow as old song,
I would drain the last drop, lingering, tenderly,
Taking a long time—as winter is long.