Thursday, February 4, 2021

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)



DJan said...

What a wonderful poem! Thank you so much for sharing it with me. :-)

Rian said...

Oh, I like that poem too, Jo. It has hidden meanings...

Lori said...

What a beautiful poem. Happy Friday!

Gina said...

What a charming Poem. Thank you for sharing.

Edna B said...

I love love that photo! And I love the poem too. How fitting for this time of year. I love seeing all the new little green shoots coming up from the ground in the Spring. You have a wonderful day, hugs, Edna B.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Such truth in this verse.

Curtains in My Tree said...

You always have such pretty pictures and stories. I'm visiting my favorite blogs again after my time off


Nellie said...

Love this poem. I had never heard it before!

Yvonne said...

Such beauty in a poem. I love your wall of rocks. You certainly get much more snow than we do. I miss the old winters when snow fell deeper here.

Henny Penny said...

So beautiful! I needed to read this and remember there is hope. Can't wait to see all the little green buds in spring. Thank you Jo.

L. D. said...

Great verses and I have always liked the wall.