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I love poems about trees

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Here is one by William Carlos Williams, called "Winter Trees"

 

All the complicated details
of the attiring and
the disattiring are completed!
A liquid moon
moves gently among
the long branches.
Thus having prepared their buds
against a sure winter
the wise trees
stand sleeping in the cold.

Honoring their memory

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In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918)
Canadian Army

Emily D

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Remembering  one of my favorite poets on the anniversary of her death in 1886, age 55.  Out of her ordinary but yet unique life came so many brilliant thoughts set down in poetic form.  It's really quite something to think that she wrote them with no thought of evey having a single one published - it's almost as if that was the reason for the deepness and richness of her words. But thank you Emily for the beauty of your work that the whole world has shared.

A poem for spring

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I'm just a fool for April
I love each tender day,
More kind than March's mayhem,
Less bold than teasing May,
Sweet April's wild and lovely,
With eyes as bright as rain,
She's graceful as the bluebells
That bloom in every lane.
She startles in an instant,
Her smiles may turn to tears,
But when she laughs, a little glimpse
Of Summer's joy appears.

~Margaret Ingall

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