Tuesday, April 21, 2015

". . . and the red buds thicken . . ."

I heard this poem on NPR's The Writer's Almanac this morning, shortly after I had gazed in amazement at the glorious Red Maple that stands in front of my house.  I just had to share them:  the poem as well as some examples of Red Maple's beauty.

April Prayer

Just before the green begins there is the hint of green
a blush of color, and the red buds thicken
the ends of the maple’s branches and everything
is poised before the start of a new world,
which is really the same world
just moving forward from bud
to flower to blossom to fruit
to harvest to sweet sleep, and the roots
await the next signal, every signal
every call a miracle and the switchboard
is lighting up and the operators are
standing by in the pledge drive we’ve
all been listening to: Go make the call.
“April Prayer” by Stuart Kestenbaum from Prayers and Run-on Sentences. © Deerbrook Editions, 2007. Reprinted with permission.  (buy now)

A couple more photos of Red Maple's beautiful buds.


The Furry Gnome said...

Love the poem.

Unknown said...

the poem is meaningful and i love the photo very cute.

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Linda said...

Lovely poem, beautiful photos!