Sarah Potter Writes

Pursued by the Muses of prose and poetry

Loveliest of Trees

Cherry Blossom

Cherry blossom is one thing and spring-cleaning another:
better to contemplate beauty than pick up the cobweb broom.

Wishing my fellow bloggers a happy and creative Spring 🙂

A Shropshire Lad: Loveliest of Trees
by A.E. Housman

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.

Now, of my three-score years and ten,
Twenty will not come again,
And take from seventy springs a score,
It only leaves me fifty more.

And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
About the woodlands I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow.

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4 thoughts on “Loveliest of Trees

  1. Lovely picture, lovely song, and a lovely thought of the spring season. Thanks for sharing the link. I enjoyed it very much.

    We’re looking with a little trepidation at one more bout of snow moving into our area this coming Monday; I hope the forecasters are wrong.


    • Glad you enjoyed my welcome to springtime, Phil 🙂 The weather forecasters are often wrong because they’ve got too high tech and don’t depend upon commonsense anymore. My grandfather had a weather station in his back garden and commuters used to ask him if they should take an umbrella to work or not. I’m obsessed with reading the clouds, so I’ve taken after him. I hope, for your sake, the forecast is wrong for Monday.


  2. I do love cherry blossom and I’ve already seen so many trees in bloom – a welcome beginning to the spring 🙂


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