Sunday, June 26, 2011

Trees / F.S. Flint


Elm trees
and the leaf the boy in me hated
long ago–
rough and sandy.

and their leaves,
tender, smooth to the fingers,
and a secret in their smell
I have forgotten.

and forest glades,
heart aching with wonder, fear:
their bitter mast.

and the scented beetle
we put in our handkerchiefs;
and the roots of one
that spread into a river:
nakedness, water and joy.

white and odorous with blossom,
framing the quiet fields,
and swaying flowers and grasses,
and the hum of bees.

Oh, these are the things that are with me now,
in the town;
and I am grateful
for this minute of my manhood.

F.S. Flint (1885-1960)
from Otherworld: Cadences, 1920

[Poem is in the public domain in Canada and the United States]

F.S. Flint biography

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