Thursday, February 22, 2007

A Green Shade

"Annihilating all that's made
To a green thought in a green shade."


The Garden by Andrew Marvell

(Click on the words above to read the whole poem.)

In the Holly Trunk's Shade

No fair flowers or tree-buds are showing themselves on these mild late February days. So I wanted to write something about all the green shoots against sheltering walls and tree trunks: the tiny grass-like stems of grape hyacinths, the new blades preparing for the showy iris.

Green Iris in Green Shade

And up popped Andrew Marvell's line, except I couldn't remember from whom, from when, from where. (That's the confession part of this Winter Confession.)

Blessings on the Google search engine--found "The Garden" in two tries on the search words "a green shade poetry."

And right away I was in a 17th century landscape.

As good a place to escape to as any, I reckon.

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