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19 April 2015 @ 03:49 pm
Today after service and after some youth business, I sat out near the sun again--next to a munching tortoise and a curious dog--and read. I read my books in a cycle unless they're one of my 'default' books (mostly those with a deadline, like book-club books); the first book in my currently-reading cycle is Leaves of Grass.

I feel bad to admit it, but it usually drives me crazy to read the thing. (Sorry, LoG fans!) Definitely not the fan of free-form poetry I was once upon a time, and Walt's earnest-white-man making O Endless Lists of Places, Vocations and States with patriotism, nationalism and sex-talk (not the sort of 'love spendings' that catch my interest) tends to bore me at best or irk me outright.

However, sometimes I hit the right poem at the right time, and it makes it worthwhile for me to be putting myself through the book just to say I've read it.

Today was one of those days: I was outside listening to the birdsong, admiring the sunlight and the budding plants, the hopping birds and the blue sky, when I read aloud 'Warble for Lilac-Time' for the first time.

In honour of (Inter)National Poetry Month (thank you, flist, for alerting me of this!) I thought I'd share it. I'm copy-pasting it from another site so I can't be 100% sure of its accuracy, but here it is:

Warble me for joy of lilac-time, (returning in reminiscence,)
Sort me O tongue and lips for Nature’s sake, souvenirs of earliest summer,
Gather the welcome signs, (as children with pebbles or stringing shells,)
Put in April and May, the hylas croaking in the ponds, the elastic air,
Bees, butterflies, the sparrow with its simple notes,
Blue-bird and darting swallow, nor forget the high-hole flashing his golden wings,
The tranquil sunny haze, the clinging smoke, the vapor,
Shimmers of waters with fish in them, the cerulean above,
All the is jocund and sparkling, the brooks running,
The maple woods, the crisp February days and the sugar-making,
The robin where he hops, bright-eyed, brown-breasted,
With musical clear call at sunrise, and again at sunset,
Or flitting among the trees of the apple-orchard, building the nest of his mate,
The melted snow of March, the willow sending forth its yellow-green sprouts,
For spring-time is here! the summer is here! and what is this in it and from it?
Thou, soul, unloosen’d—the restlessness after I know not what;
Come, let us lag here no longer, let us be up and away!
O if one could but fly like a bird!
O to escape, to sail forth as in a ship!
To glide with thee O soul, o’er all, in all, as a ship o’er the waters;
Gathering these hints, the preludes, the blue sky, the grass, the morning drops of dew,
The lilac-scent, the bushes with dark green heart-shaped leaves,
Wood-violets, the little delicate pale blossoms called innocence,
Samples and sorts not for themselves alone, but for their atmosphere,
To grace the bush I love—to sing with the birds,
A warble for joy of lilac-time, returning in reminiscence.

I'm quite content to continue lagging. Now I'm thinking of one of my favourite flowering trees--Cercis canadensis, the Eastern Redbud--and its dark bark, purple buds, dark heart-shaped leaves. I'll leave you all with a picture of one from the Internet to keep up this feeling of spring.

Both the Muppet dogs wish you all 'hello' and also 'zzz' from the sofa they have taken over from me. Isn't it kind that they left me the final quarter of it for sitting? Such charitable creatures.

Much joy to you, my fellow warblers!

[Crossposted from dreamwidth.]
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minervas_eule: flowersminervas_eule on April 19th, 2015 08:28 pm (UTC)
Wow, what a magnificent flowering tree!! I do not recall ever having seen this kind....

I took a 4-hour-bike-tour today in beautiful weather and the white flowering wild cherry-trees in the forest (birds must have dropped the seeds) reminded me of the dogwoods in NC: white flowers in a forest that is not quite green....
Kiwi Crocus: Hair || Red-head flip.cranky__crocus on April 20th, 2015 03:00 am (UTC)
Right?! I love that one. My old high school botany instructor introduced me to then during her class. (She's also a fan of flowering trees over regular flowers.)

A 4-hour bike tour sounds lovely! Perhaps I'll be able to work my way up to that again someday. ;D That image sounds beautiful, too.
logospilgrim on April 19th, 2015 10:47 pm (UTC)
The trees don't have leaves here yet, but it won't be much longer... I love that beautiful pink tree ♥
Kiwi Crocus: Rainbow || Love everybody.cranky__crocus on April 20th, 2015 03:02 am (UTC)
I love it too--and the leaves aren't on it yet, either. ;D Eastern Redbud is one of those trees that's just as beautiful without leaves, when it's easy to see the black bark and the purple buds or pinkish flowers. <3

We haven't got leaves here yet either. I need to keep my eyes out for the Saucer Magnolia blooms, which are another favourite of mine.

Thanks for the comment! :D
101mutts: brown dog101mutts on April 19th, 2015 11:06 pm (UTC)
Muppet dogs? Are there pics? :P
Kiwi Crocus: Nature || Pug sleeping.cranky__crocus on April 20th, 2015 03:02 am (UTC)
There will be! I took some today but haven't got them up on LJ yet. (:
lash_laruelash_larue on April 20th, 2015 01:02 am (UTC)
Don't think we have one of those out here. I'm pretty sure I would have noticed that.

Glad you're minding the sun, too. It does not do a body good.

Kiwi Crocus: Seasonal || Beach legs.cranky__crocus on April 20th, 2015 03:05 am (UTC)
I didn't see them down your way when I was there. I think their natural range includes some of your area, but of course it's mostly up to what people want to plant as they're usually ornamental. They're really lovely trees/shrubs; I'd love to have one someday! That and a Saucer Magnolia. Funny to have a list of 'someday trees'...

I always mind the sun. Hence why I pretty much glow in it... I hate the Twilight glowing vampire shite, but if anyone IRL comes close to it, it's me. =/
Rosa | ¯\(ºдಠ)/¯: dw: companionsrosaxx50 on April 20th, 2015 05:36 am (UTC)
That tree really is beautiful. I watch it longingly as summer fades to autumn, where I live.
Kiwi Crocus: Hair || Rainbow French braid.cranky__crocus on April 21st, 2015 02:53 am (UTC)
It is, isn't it? Awwr, I'm sorry! (And somehow I'd forgotten you were on the opposite season from me!)
CaroRulescarorules on April 20th, 2015 07:43 pm (UTC)
Wow, glorious tree!! Love it when you post pics ;)
Kiwi Crocus: Rainbow || Paper stars jar.cranky__crocus on April 21st, 2015 03:16 am (UTC)
Thanks, glad you liked it! :D