Saturday, January 25, 2020

Talking In Their Sleep

"You think I am dead,"
The apple tree said,
"Because I have never a leaf to show -
Because I stoop,
And my branches droop,
And the dull gray mosses over me grow!

"But I'm still alive in trunk and shoot;
The buds of next May
I fold away -
But I pity the withered grass at my root."

"You think I am dead,"
The quick grass said,
"Because I have parted with stem and blade!
But under the ground,
I am safe and sound
With the snow's thick blanket over me laid.

"I'm all alive, and ready to shoot,
Should the spring of the year
Come dancing here -
But I pity the flower without branch or root."

"You think I am dead,"
A soft voice said,
"Because not a branch or root I own.
I never have died, but close I hide
In a plumy seed that the wind has sown.

"Patient I wait through the long winter hours;
You will see me again -
I shall laugh at you then,
Out of the eyes of a hundred flowers.

Edith Matilda Thomas  (1854 - 1925)



susie @ persimmon moon cottage said...

I love the old stone wall and the lovely poem. Thank you for showing us.

Susie said...

Jo, I am excited for the grass, tree and flower to rise up in spring and show us beauty. Like nature we will hunker down thru winter and enjoy the coming of spring. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

Belinda said...

Such a beautiful stone wall, Jo.

Edna B said...

That's a beautiful photo, and I love the poem. You have a wonderful day, hugs, Edna B.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the poem. It's so
fitting for this time of year.
We'll all bloom in spring but I
love the winter, too. Julia in SC

Megan said...

Thank you for the lovely poem, it says it all about the seasons and the garden but also reminds us that when all looks lost it usually isn't. Good to remember these days. Happy New Year from a Scot in Wales who is waiting for the Spring although I have already seen daffodils in Llandudno where I live.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I really love this verse - It's perfect for this time of year, and a perfect reminder too!!

And I hope you are doing well!

Helen said...

Lovely picture, lovely poem.

Deb said...

Magnificent stone wall. Enjoyed the poem.