Since today is the first day of summer and all rainy and green where I am, the idea of sharing a sweet, summery poem popped into my head, so here is one for us all to enjoy:
When the Green Woods Laugh
When the green woods laugh with
the voice of joy,
And the dimpling stream runs
When the air does laugh with
our merry wit,
And the green hills laugh with the
noise of it.
When the meadows laugh with lively
And the grasshopper laughs in the
When Mary and Susan and Emily
with their sweet round mouths sing
“Ha, Ha, He!”
When the painted bids laugh in the
When our table with cherries and
nuts is spread,
Come live & be merry, and join
To sing the sweet chorus of
“Ha, Ha, He!
— William Blake
Green woods laughing — what a lovely idea! And “dimpling streams” just makes me smile. And “Mary and Susan and Emily” with their “sweet round mouths” are singing still, every time someone reads this lovely poem. What a gift! To capture moments in time for all eternity!
Bravo, Blake! And now, after a poetry pause that refreshes, let’s all write on!
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