Strangers to Us All Lawyers and Poetry

Mary Ray King

(1873- )

Mary Ray King was an attorney. She was born at Carrollton, Missouri on July 4, 1873, the daughter of Thomas D. and Margaret Fisk McIntyre. She was educated at Kansas State Normal School. Her poetry appears in the Yearbook of Contemporary Poetry (1937), Argonaut, Munsey, Harpers, and various newspapers. She resided, as of 1938, in Gridley, California.

Still Waters

My eyes have never seen
    Enough of emerald green
Of lakes with jewel sheen,
    Under the spell of the forest's charm,
Held in the crook of a mountain's arm.

My soul is hungry, too.
    For the amethystine blue
Of the little hidden bays,
    Cut in white and shingly beaches
Bright with shine of summer days,
    Waters bluer than the blue
Of deepest heaven's reaches.

I need the peacefulness
    Of waters calm and deep
To assauge the restlessness
    Of a mind that will not sleep.

[Source: The Biographical Dictionary of Contemporary Poets: The Who's Who of American Poets 274 (New York: Avon House, 1938)]