Spring Library

František Kupka www.praguepost.com

František Kupka http://www.praguepost.com

The fruit
on the cherry tree
so recently set that
ribbons of blossoms
still trail delicately
from their bellies
is singing

That beauty
can survive beauty
is a terrible mystery
That the eye of a man
is able to witness it
his ear to hear it
is his glory

The garden
is a spring library
rich with fecundity
the intimacy unfolding
in the tender poetry
of love songs sung
so silently

Not once
but thrice at least
once in the blooming
again at the pollinating
at last in the eating
No book has ever
given more

“A poet learns from earlier poets the way a boy learns from a cherry orchard
by stealing what he has a taste for and can carry off . . .” ~ Archibald MacLeish


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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2 Responses to Spring Library

  1. kiwiskan says:

    very true quote – I have been influenced by many poets…

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