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 comments

  1. granbee · May 22, 2012

    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. Victoria C. Slotto · May 22, 2012

    So lovely, capturing a bit a May in a few words.

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  3. Just A Smidgen · May 22, 2012

    I felt like I was there.. just lovely again, I always look forward to reading your poems, I really do!

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  4. magsx2 · May 22, 2012

    Hi,
    Very nice poem, a bit different, I love it. 🙂

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  5. Betty Hayes Albright · May 22, 2012

    David, a beautiful poem – made me sigh deeply at all of your imagery. (I like the “fast fuse lives” of the flies – clever description!)

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  6. dfb · May 23, 2012

    Thank you Betty!

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  7. dfb · May 23, 2012

    Thank you mags!

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  8. dfb · May 23, 2012

    Thank you very much, I appreciate it!

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  9. dfb · May 23, 2012

    Thank you Victoria!

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  10. dfb · May 23, 2012

    Thanks very much GB!

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  11. meiro · May 23, 2012

    So lovely.

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  12. Emma · May 23, 2012

    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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  13. kindredspirit23 · May 23, 2012

    “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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  14. Francina · May 23, 2012

    enchanting, delightful poem, David.

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  15. Ina · May 23, 2012

    Hi David, this is an intruiging poem, and very well done! Lovely lush! 🙂

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  16. dfb · May 23, 2012

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

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  17. dfb · May 23, 2012

    Thank you Ina!

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  18. dfb · May 23, 2012

    Thank you very much Francina!

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  19. dfb · May 23, 2012

    Thank you very much Scott! And bless you!

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  20. dfb · May 23, 2012

    Thank you very very much!

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  21. Lindy Lee · May 23, 2012

    This poem creates an Ah! moment of contemplation for many months of May experienced & hopes for another & another…

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  22. timotheous128 · May 24, 2012

    “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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  23. jane tims · May 24, 2012

    Hi. I like the stanza containing..’ the old names for flowers and trees’. Jane

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  24. dfb · May 24, 2012

    Thank you very much Jane!

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  25. dfb · May 24, 2012

    Tim, thank you so much!

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  26. dfb · May 24, 2012

    Lindy, thank you so much!

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  27. timotheous128 · May 24, 2012

    Of course. 🙂

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  28. bardessdmdenton · June 4, 2012

    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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