Photo by Candia Dixon-Stuart
I think that I shall never see
a poem lovely as a tree…
a tree that looks at God all day,
and lifts her leafy arms to pray…
Upon whose bosom snow has lain
who intimately lives with rain…
Poems are made by fools like me
but only God can make a tree.
Joyce Kilmer (1886-1914)
Candlemas Bells White Purification Snow Piercers
Naked Maidens Good Christians Ice Lilies
February Fairmaids White tears Death Flowers
Shrove Tuesday Fools
Flowers of Hope
Snow Bells Eve’s Tears Mary’s Tears
c Photo and poem by Candia Dixon-Stuart
The man who threaded words together, like
silk yarns in a Paisley shawl, showed respect
for his woven jacket and removed it,
carefully, with his silver watch, before
quietly lying down in a culvert,
no longer walking iambically.
A lass singing his lyrics ambled by;
muffled clacks from cottage shuttles faded.
The lava tide which slumbered in his soul
erupted and he saw Mount Olympus
and heard himself ask the gods for a bard
in Caledonia. They said, Not one,
but two are granted: Burns and your good self.
In fact, your verses, like sharp dragon’s teeth,
when sown in the ploughed minds of your peers,
will multiply the poets of your land.
Where the peesweeps and the shy skylarks soar
your resting place will be; no unmarked grave
will contain you: this tunnel’s mouth no stop
for such as your unlimping lines. And now
Paisley Buddy, you are transformed into
the waft of wild mountain thyme on the braes;
the arabesque of a bent cedar tree;
the elongated curve of a boteh,
such as you might have patterned on your loom,
or incorporated into a phrase
now echoing in the winds of Woodside,
or whispering through fogs in Ferguslie.
Tannahill, you wove the cloths of heaven
into Scotland’s literary fabric.
Photo by stephencdickson – Wikipedia