Sunday, May 8, 2016

What is the world trying to say? / H.C. Beeching


In a Garden

I

     What is the world trying to say?
     Why is the light so tender and grey —
     Why are the tremulous leaves a-sway
     On the trees new fledge with the faintest green?
Nay, he were wise who could say what these things mean,
               and tell the secret of May.

     What is my heart trying to say?
     Why does it tremble and hurry and stay
     At the sight of a leaf on a sunny day,
     Of a leaf tho' never so delicate-green?
Nay, he were wise who could say what these things mean,
               and tell the secret of May.

~~
Henry Charles Beeching (1859-1919)
from In a Garden, and other poems, 1895

[Poem is in the public domain worldwide]

Henry Charles Beeching biography

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