Refresh

I could not help but admire the tight-budded skeleton of this tree on a walk on 6th of this month – and just yesterday the leaves were evidently emerging as Oak. Refresh or resurrection – it all depends on how we view this Eastertide – either way I wish you all a Happy Day!

The trees are coming into leaf
Like something almost being said;
The recent buds relax and spread,
Their greenness is a kind of grief.

Is it that they are born again
And we grow old? No, they die too,
Their yearly trick of looking new
Is written down in rings of grain.

Yet still the unresting castles thresh
In fullgrown thickness every May.
Last year is dead, they seem to say,
Begin afresh, afresh, afresh

The Trees ~ Phillip larkin

Sunday Sayings: A pick from the poets, writers or scriptures

11 Comments on “Refresh

  1. Thanks so much for the Philip Larkin piece. Just love the image of ‘unresting castles’ – and the new leaves ‘Like something almost being said’. So good (and that he could write with freshness about something that writers have been looking at for centuries.

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    • Glad you like the Larkin piece too Peter- he is masterly with stating the obvious in such an un-obvious way and sprinkling it with the unexpected – like an ornamental in music

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  2. The black and white picture of the skeleton of the tree is fantastic. It’s odd how one can look and look at familiar scenes or views or trees and still be moved by them, year in year out. Just as well really!

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    • Hello & welcome Lucy – as dendrophiles, we are always moved by the sight of a tree – and I’m so happy to ‘see’ you back in the blogosphere

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