Trees ~ Philip Larkin

Spring is in the air and soon the evenings will be getting longer and I can haul my boots on for an evening walk rather than trying to cram in my miles throughout the day #1000miles walking challenge. There are already lots of signs out there from the Daffodils, Snowdrops and some buds on trees. The birds are getting frisky and the Lambs are now out in the fields. Feeling poetic yet? I’ve had a good few days of writing and walking which brings me to another favourite poem of mine Trees by Philip Larkin. Larkin was offered but declined Poet Laureate in 1984 and whatever your personal views on him and his ideas, the poetry is special. Special enough that he has a floor stone memorial at Poets Corner in Westminster Abbey! Here is an excerpt from Trees. Photo taken at Stourhead, National Trust Property, UK.

The trees are coming into leaf 

Like something almost being said;

The recent buds relax and spread,

Their greenness is a kind of grief;


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