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LAURIE LEE

APRIL RISE


'April Rise', written by English poet Laurie Lee, is my favorite poem of Spring. I find it gently lush and beautiful in its palette of green and white. My daughter was born today, on the first day of Spring, and today I find the last line of the poem especially meaningful.


April Rise

If ever I saw blessing in the air
I see it now in this still early day
Where lemon-green the vaporous morning drips
Wet sunlight on the powder of my eye.

Blown bubble-film of blue, the sky wraps round
Weeds of warm light whose every root and rod
Splutters with soapy green, and all the world
Sweats with the bead of summer in its bud.

If ever I heard blessing it is there
Where birds in trees that shoals and shadows are
Splash with their hidden wings and drops of sound
Break on my ears their crests of throbbing air.

Pure in the haze the emerald sun dilates,
The lips of sparrows milk the mossy stones,
While white as water by the lake a girl
Swims her green hand among the gathered swans.

Now, as the almond burns its smoking wick,
Dropping small flames to light the candled grass;
Now, as my low blood scales its second chance,
If ever world were blessed, now it is.





(n.b. She passed away two months later.  We printed this poem on the back cover of her funeral service program.)

2 comments:

  1. This is really beautiful.

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  2. Such an incredibly sensorial and beautiful poem (that last line is especially poignant). Thinking of you three today.

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