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Sunday 1 January 2012

A Poem For A New Year

"You think I am dead"
The apple tree said
Because I have never a leaf to show-
Because I stoop,
And my branches droop,
And the dull gray mosses over me grow!

But I'm still alive in trunk and shoot;
The buds of next May
I fold away-
But I pity the withered grass at my root."
"You think I am dead,"
The quick grass said,
"Because I have parted with stem and blade!
But under the ground,
I am safe and sound
With the snow's thick blanket over me laid.
I'm all alive, and ready to shoot,
Should the spring of the year
Come dancing here-
But I pity the flower without branch or root."
"You think I am dead,"
A soft voice said,
"Because not a branch or root I own.
I never have died, but close I hide
In a plumy seed that the wind has sown.
Patient I wait through the long winter hours;
You will see me again-
I shall laugh at you then,
Out of the eyes of a hundred flowers."

~   Edith M. Thomas, 1854 - 1925

Wishing anybody who passes by a Happy and healthy New Year and hundreds of flowers!
P.S. The photos were all taken by me last year ~ one for each month but alas they did not come out in chronological order or the size I wanted. Must do more collages more often!


  1. What a lovely poem Anna - wishing you and your family a Happy 2012 - Jane

  2. Sadly, I cannot see your collage at all. Link is broken, for me anyway?

  3. Wonderful poem. May your New Year be full of blessings :-)

  4. Sadly your photos didn't come through - but the poem was lovely and very appropriate. Wishing you much growing success in 2012.

  5. It's a lovely poem - but like the others I can't see any photos either :-(
    Have a wonderful 2012!

  6. Thanks for all your comments and new year wishes. I am not sure why the photo has gone awol. It was there earlier. I have a horrible feeling that I may be near my Blogger photo storage limit so I am off to investigate ~ wish me luck :)

  7. This is the message I get, if I hopefully click the link - Oops! Google Chrome could not connect to localhost:49714

  8. Anna, like the others I can't see your photos which is a shame. Will check back later and hopefully the link will be fixed. Lovely poem, very fitting. Hope you've had a wonderful christmas and new year and wish you lots of happiness in your garden, and elsewhere, in 2012. Caro xx

  9. A beautiful poem to start the new year. I am excited to get to gardening this year and get a few projects completed.

    All the best to you!! xo

  10. Thank you for posting this beautiful poem - it is timely and I have never before read it.

    Happy new year to you as well.

  11. Problem sorted fingers crossed. I should have taken more notice of the warning before Christmas that I was about to exceed my free photo quota from Blogger! I have now managed to get the collage into the correct order though still not sure about sizing. Oh well will have to experiment further :)

  12. I popped in yesterday but couldn't see the collage so I thought I'd leave my comment until you got it sorted out, I'm glad I did as the photos are a wonderful reminder of the year gone by. What a lovely poem to accompany the collage too. Thank you for your regular visits to my blog over the last year, Anna, and for the many comments you've left, they're very much appreciated. All the very best for 2012, and may we all have some good weather so that we can grow some bumber crops.

  13. Happy New Year Anna! A great poem for the start of the year :)

    I quickly found with the collage function you have to upload the photos into it in the order you want them to appear if that's important to you. It would be great if Picassa let you move them around to your heart's content later wouldn't it? Apart from that it's great fun to play around with...

  14. Lovely poem and photos! Happy New Year to you as well!

  15. So glad you got your photo problem fixed - They are beautiful! That is a great poem you found to go with them, too!
    Happy new Year!
    Mississippi, USA

  16. Dear Anna - your collage is completely charming (sounds like a C post!). I can still remember some of those posts that went with the pics. Brilliant poem choice and a lovely start to the New Year. Happy 2012
    Laura x

    p.s. Is that a white forstyhia
    pps Are you using picasa for your collages?

  17. Thanks for the poem and photos. I lovely reminder of the changing seasons.

  18. A lovely poem for the new year, Anna. I will post it on our garden club newsletter in the new year.


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