In her own restlessness, Celia Thaxter had turned to writing as a way of remembering her happy years on the island. Ten years into her marriage, she published her first poem, "Land-Locked." Her first book, published in 1872, was copyrighted in her husband's name. Included in that collection was "Twilight":
September's slender crescent grows again
Distinct in yonder peaceful evening red,
Clearer the stars are sparkling overhead,
And all the sky is pure, without a stain.
Cool blows the evening wind from out the West
And bows the flowers, the last sweet flowers that bloom,
Pale asters, many a heavy-waving plume
Of golden-rod that bends as if opprest.
The summer's songs are hushed. Up the lone shore
The weary waves wash sadly, and a grief
Sounds in the wind, like farewells fond and brief:
The cricket's chirp but makes the silence more.
Life's autumn comes; the leaves begin to fall;
The moods of spring and summer pass away;
The glory and the rapture, day by day,
Depart, and soon the quiet grave folds all.
O thoughtful sky, how many eyes in vain
Are lifted to your beauty, full of tears!
How many hearts go back through all the years,
Heavy with loss, eager with questioning pain,
To read the dim Hereafter, to obtain
One glimpse beyond the earthly curtain, where
Their dearest dwell, where they may be or e'er
September's slender crescent shines again!