pillarboxcottage

pillarboxcottage

Posted on 08/31/2009


Photo taken on March 27, 2007

1/200 f/5.6 55.0 mm ISO 400

Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL


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Flowers
cherry blossom
poem
A E Housman
A Shropshire Lad
Wendy Cope
riposte
Molesworth


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Housman Revisited

Housman Revisited
Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.

Now, of my three score years and ten,
Twenty will not come again,
And take from seventy springs a score,
It only leaves me fifty more.

And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
About the woodlands I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow.

A. E. Housman

... and Wendy Cope's delightful riposte (especially if, like me, you're a Molesworth fan):

Reading Housman, knowing he
Ran out of springs and will not see
Another flowering cherry tree,
I sniff and wipe away a tear.
Then Molesworth mutters in my ear,
“Does peotry make you blub, my dere?”

Frank Roolooth, suzib have particularly liked this photo


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suzib
suzib
Gorgeous
4 years ago.
Judith Jannetta
Judith Jannetta
Beautiful image.....and I enjoyed being reminded of Housman and - even more - Wendy Cope
4 years ago.
Rabbitroundtheworld
Rabbitroundtheworld
hullo clouds hullo sky hullo trees sa fotherington tomas who is a gurly and a weed
4 years ago.
pillarboxcottage
pillarboxcottage
Sometimes english masters make you READ poems chiz chiz chiz. You have to sa the weedy words and speke them beaitfully as if you knew what they meant. Fotherington-tomas thinks this is absolutely super and when he say he wander lonely as a cloud you think he will flote out of the window ... ho fie lo egad and away for it is the BELL and it tolleth for me cheers cheers cheers.
4 years ago.