Flowering Season

Flowering Season
flowering dogwood

“The alphabet of the trees is fading in the song of leaves …”

—-William Carlos Williams

We do not get the news from poems. But spring is here in Chicago, and we are once again saddened by needless death. Shootings in Indianapolis and Austin, Texas. In Chicago, people marched in the streets for Adam Toledo, a 13-year old boy who should not be dead. Even in the dusk of evening, you could see new green leaves on the trees.

The flowering of spring is so full of promise. Crocuses and tulips and daffodils, violets and dandelions.

This is the season of flowering trees–magnolia and crabapple, redbud and dogwood.

There are bushes of yellow forsythia and pink flowering almond. There are buds on the lilacs and white spirea. Soon they will be blooming again, even though there is snow in the forecast for Tuesday.

The flowering cherry trees are blooming in Washington, DC. and Tokyo. In Kyoto this year, they reached their peak flowering on the earliest date in 1200 years. Is this another example of global warming?

“It is difficult to get the news from poems,” Willian Carlos Williams wrote. “yet men die miserably every day, for lack of what is found there.”

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  • Thank you so much. This is what I needed to read today. I love the Williams quotation, and it's so apt for this particular Poetry Month.

    You're probably predicting what I'll add, so here it is:
    "This rose is an extra. Its smell and its color are an embellishment of life, not a condition of it. It is only goodness which gives such extras, and so I say again, we have much to hope from the flowers." (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Adventure of the Naval Treaty")

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    Thank you, my friend. Yes, we have much to hope from the flowers.

  • In reply to Margaret H. Laing:

    There might be a quote in Holmes for everything in life. To us the rose flower is an extra. But to the Rosaceae--the rose family---it is essential to life.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Indeed there might, my friend. Of course, that would mean an investigation!

  • I love how you constructed this. Beautiful job. And so sadly true.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    I'm so glad you liked it! Thank you, AW.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Yes, beautiful but sad... I agree.

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