The Poet’s Corner

May 6, 2024

I know, to many, poetry is just something that was a dreaded part of high school. But if you listen, you’ll hear lines from many of the poems you’ll find here in current music, television and movies.

A world without poetry is a world without heart and soul. If what’s listed here doesn’t move you, look elsewhere and I’m sure you’ll find verses that will add a bit of sparkle your day.

Featured Poem(s)

Things have been getting busy as spring progresses. I’ve built a new garden area and will expand it over time. The moderate drought conditions that have persisted here for about a year have become a thing of the past with one of the heaviest April rainfall totals we’ve had in years. Ah, April showers bring May flowers!

With that in mind, my selection of poem for May is simply, The Flower. Appropriate, I think, for the time of year and my recent gardening efforts. And while this verse is probably an allegory of the flowering of new thoughts, it also speaks to the truth that one man’s weed is another man’s flower.

The Flower

By Alfred Lord Tennyson

Once in a golden hour
    I cast to earth a seed.
Up there came a flower,
    The people said, a weed.

To and fro they went
    Thro' my garden bower,
And muttering discontent
    Cursed me and my flower.

Then it grew so tall
    It wore a crown of light,
But thieves from o'er the wall
    Stole the seed by night.

Sow'd it far and wide
    By every town and tower,
Till all the people cried,
    "Splendid is the flower!"

Read my little fable:
    He that runs may read.
Most can raise the flowers now,
    For all have got the seed.

And some are pretty enough,
    And some are poor indeed;
And now again the people
    Call it but a weed.

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