Monday, 3 January 2011

Garden Bloggers' Muse Day ~ January 2011


"Darkness begins a
retreat: the cold light flows back
over the dead land.

Put the tree out now:
hang nuts on its branches - see feathered 
decorations come.

Take down the 
Christmas cards : arrowheads in the dust
point to spring cleaning.

Pull down the paper
chains: the room grows tall, the floor 
deep in coloured snow.

Cold bites deep: warm your
mind at Christmas memories
and look for snowdrops"

'After Christmas' ~ John Corben

More monthly musing can be mulled over at Sweet Home and Garden Chicago, where all the months of the year are celebrated in poetry or prose.




10 comments:

  1. Hi Anna,

    Must take down my decorations... Although it isn't yet the twelfth day, I do plan on making a start today.

    Oooooooh, snowdrops... Soon, hopefully!

    Can't see any coming up here yet, but I can see plenty of Crocus and Iris.

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  2. Dear Anna - so sorry I missed your last post which was a mix of such wonderful garden views and the backdrop of your father's sad decline. A master gardener in his own way, planting the seeds of knowledge in all those young minds.

    Did not know this Corben poem - like the 'see feathered decoreations come'. My little tree is stripped but ladybirds hanging on in there. Wish I had snowdrops! And thanks - another meme to add to the list.

    Laura

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  3. Oh yes, looking forward to snowdrops - they're just starting to arise among the grass here!

    I dusted before putting the cards up so won't need to do it again for another few weeks ;D

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  4. Snowdrops are a real favourite of mine - especially when they're tightly packed under the trees. I justb found your blog - very enjoyable, I'll pop back

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  5. A wonderful poem, Anna. Thanks for sharing it. It so resonates with the feeling I woke with this morning, that it was time to turn away from Christmas and stride resolutely forward into the new year. -Jean

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  6. Onwards as they say.

    Aside, I look forward to the Chaumont - sur - Loire post sometime.

    Happy New Year

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  7. A very timely poem. It's back to work for hubby today and back to school for the kids, Christmas is well and truly over for another year.

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  8. What a lovely poem. I intended to take the decorations down today, but instead I feel the lure of the new allotment plot, I want to measure up...

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  9. According to The Oxford Book of Christmas Poems the poem above - After Christmas - was written by Michael Richards, not John Corben

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  10. Oh thanks Meg - I will have to investigate forthwith. I can't remember where I read the poem now :)

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All your comments are much appreciated and treasured. I wil try to reply to everyone who leaves a comment, but it may take me a few days, especially when I start spending more time in the garden and at the lottie. I know that you will understand :) I am sure that I will also visit your blog if I have not already done so. If you have any specific questions I will either reply to them here or you can email me at : thegreentapestry@gmail.com

Namasté

- Anna.