Poem ‘Days in Magic May’

Days in Magic May

And I opened the eyes
you’ve been opening ever since;

from the sweet wafts of mayflower,
whose banks of pure white

herald the long summer days,
to the sudden sight

of all manner of flies,
all busy living their fast fuse lives.

You’d point to the swifts swooping close,
yet so completely removed:

how could we comprehend
a life spent solely in the sky?

But you spoke to me in magic—
the old names for flowers and trees

sitting soft in lush landscapes,
either lost or quite alien now

poem and image © copyright df barker 2012

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28 thoughts on “Poem ‘Days in Magic May’

  1. Ah, what sweet magic the old folk names are for the plants and trees and flowers and bugs and birds of approaching Summer Solstice! Love this one, DF! Enchanted forests you have planted in my mind!

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  2. of all manner of flies
    all busy living their fast fuse lives

    this part is fantastic, David, in that I can read it both literally and metaphorically and it gives me two different outlooks on what you are wanting to express with this poem. I love the couplets and the formal feel that lends, and the flow is very satisfying to read. I can feel the buzz of summer days.

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  3. “And I opened the eyes
    you’ve been opening ever since;”

    Says God to me. I chose to open my eyes and He has kept me seeing ever since. Beautiful!
    Scott

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  4. 🙂 Thank you so much Emma – I have really come to appreciate your comments, your are very kind indeed.

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  5. “But you spoke to me in magic—
    the old names for flowers and trees”

    This line is perfection, David, and the poem and painting are equally beautiful. 🙂

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  6. Oh, the painting is magical…draws me right down that leafy lane, David! The poem is very fine too, and one of the lines I most love is:
    ‘how could we comprehend
    a life spent solely in the sky?’

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