Six On Saturday 01-02-20

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Now — now, as low I stooped, thought I,
I will see what this snowdrop is;
So shall I put much argument by,
And solve a lifetime’s mysteries.

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A northern wind had frozen the grass;
Its blades were hoar with crystal rime,
Aglint like light-dissecting glass
At beam of morning prime.

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From hidden bulb the flower reared up
Its angled, slender, cold, dark stem,
Whence dangled an inverted cup
For tri-leaved diadem.

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Beneath these ice-pure sepals lay
A triplet of green-pencilled snow,
Which in the chill-aired gloom of day
Stirred softly to and fro.

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Mind fixed, but else made vacant, I,
Lost to my body, called my soul
To don that frail solemnity,
Its inmost self my goal.

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And though in vain — no mortal mind
Across that threshold yet hath fared! —
In this collusion I divined
Some consciousness we shared.

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Strange roads — while suns, a myriad, set —
Had led us through infinity;
And where they crossed, there then had met
Not two of us, but three.

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The Snowdrop by Walter De La Mare

For B, M, A & A

18 Comments Add yours

  1. Oh my gosh! You have done it again, my favorite post this week! My few snowdrops are just now coming into their own. I didn’t even know if they would grow here, it is soooooooo hot and humid in the summers, but they’re planted, so we’ll see! Absolutely fantastic post!

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    1. Keith says:

      Thank you. I hope you manage to get them to grow. I think they can tolerate being baked a little in the summer (they are native to Southern Europe and Asia) but will obviously be much happier in shady grassland in the winter. Good luck!

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  2. Heyjude says:

    Until I reached the end I was thinking what an amazing poet you are – this was totally absorbing. Lovely snowdrops too. 😂

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    1. Keith says:

      Thanks Jude, glad you enjoyed the poem as much as I did. It’s a feeling that I think we have all had at one time or another that you can look into a flower and occasionally feel the presence of something else. All though he puts it much better than I ever could.

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      1. Heyjude says:

        Thanks for sharing it with us, I love it when people go ‘off-piste’ 😄

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  3. Noelle says:

    Nothing like a babbling brook and snowdrops a poetic picture….

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    1. Keith says:

      Would make a nice painting if I had any ability with a brush…

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  4. How lovely! Fine words and beautiful photographs make a perfect marriage.

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  5. Thoroughly enjoyable – thank you.

    After reading your post last week I asked my husband if he could think of any words with 4 C’s in them. He’s spent all week thinking about it but hasn’t come up with any, although he tells me he knows a word with 5 S’s. Could you put him out of his misery?

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    1. Keith says:

      Ha! Thanks for the reminder. I had forgotten about that. Meanwhile your poor husband has been tortured all week – sorry! As it happens most of the words with four ‘c’s are medical ones (like streptococcacae) but there are some other good ones to drop into conversation like accrescence, circumjacency or countercyclical. You will be relieved to hear there are no words with five ‘c’s in them!

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  6. Lora Hughes says:

    You’ve done a great job, illustrating that poem w/your gorgeous photos. Looks cold!

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    1. Keith says:

      Freezing cold and clear one day, wet and mild the next – a fairly typically undulating February up here.

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  7. Andrew Taylor says:

    Keith,

    That’s a beautiful poem and a beautiful thing to put it in your blog.
    I’ve always thought snowdrops were cracking wee plants. I’ll look at them with even more fondness now.

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    1. Keith says:

      I’m glad it meant something to you Andrew. All the best xx

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  8. Margaret Taylor says:

    Keith, sorry it has taken me a wee while to respond to your Snowdrop poem – technology is not my strong point.
    I really appreciated the sentiment, the first signs of spring and all that we have to look forward to. Thank you, Margaret

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    1. Keith says:

      All that we have to look forward to and all that we have to remember too. Hope you are doing ok. Spring feels a little further away just at the moment but it will come. Lots of love xx

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