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Consider this a "bonus poem" for the week. Although not part of my interlocked National Poetry Month celebration, this is nevertheless a lovely little poem for a gusty day. April might be renowned for its showers (and we've had those as well), but I can assure you that it's provided us with ample blustery winds thus far as well.

Who Has Seen the Wind?
by Christina Rossetti

Who has seen the wind?
Neither I nor you.
But when the leaves hang trembling,
The wind is passing through.
Who has seen the wind?
Neither you nor I.
But when the trees bow down their heads,
The wind is passing by.

Christina Rossetti wrote this poem, which is frequently anthologized in collections for children. It is a perfect choice for memorization based on its repetition. It's essentially written in two quatrains (4-line stanzas), and it rhymes XAXAXBXB (where the X lines don't rhyme). The first and fifth lines are identical, the second and sixth merely reverse "I" and "you", and the fourth and eighth swap out the final word only to keep with the rhyme scheme. Only the third and seventh lines have marked differences, and even they start the same and keep the same metre.

Today, the leaves aren't hanging trembling, but only because they are not yet truly out around here - instead the fruit trees are in flower, and the remaining trees are tipped red and gold and palest green.

"But when the trees bow down their heads, the wind is passing by."

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( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 5th, 2009 06:18 am (UTC)
Ah, now here's one for me. I like Rossetti a lot.
Apr. 5th, 2009 02:48 pm (UTC)
See - I knew I'd find some that you liked!
Apr. 5th, 2009 10:05 am (UTC)
Perfect poem for this weekend! I had to chuckle at your cleverly combining Pooh and Rossetti. Two of my favorites too.
Apr. 5th, 2009 02:48 pm (UTC)
I was happy the weather gave me reason to re-use my new Pooh icon so soon!
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Apr. 5th, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
Hmm . . .perhaps that's from a third stanza that I don't know about? *giggles*
Apr. 6th, 2009 08:53 am (UTC)
What a wonderful poem. (And perfect icon to go with it)

Reminds me of a poem by a Buddhist nun whose name escapes me:

Through no fault of its own
The leaf gently falls to the ground
Apr. 6th, 2009 11:22 am (UTC)
That's a lovely poem. Thank you for sharing it.
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