Sunday, April 24, 2016

Lilacs

Our lilacs are blooming in Maryland. Here is an article on the history of lilacs. Thanks to Catherine Delors; lilacs were much loved by Marie-Antoinette. And here is an excerpt from the poem "Lilacs" by Amy Lowell:

Lilacs in dooryards
Holding quiet conversations with an early moon;
Lilacs watching a deserted house
Settling sideways into the grass of an old road;
Lilacs, wind-beaten, staggering under a lopsided shock of bloom
Above a cellar dug into a hill.
You are everywhere.
You were everywhere.
You tapped the window when the preacher preached his sermon,
And ran along the road beside the boy going to school.
You stood by the pasture-bars to give the cows good milking,
You persuaded the housewife that her dishpan was of silver.
And her husband an image of pure gold.
You flaunted the fragrance of your blossoms
Through the wide doors of Custom Houses—
You, and sandal-wood, and tea,
Charging the noses of quill-driving clerks
When a ship was in from China.
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5 comments:

Margaret said...

Lilacs are wonderful; they make great cut flowers. I hope to plant several someday.

de Brantigny........................ said...

Gee... thanks for the link.

Jackie said...

Elena
Thank you so much for the link to the lilac post on Weave a Garland of my Vows.
Wasn't Catherine's picture of Marie Antoinette's room in Versailles amazing?
And I love the Amy Lowell poem.
You have a Beautiful Blog :o)
Regards
Jackie

elena maria vidal said...

You're welcome, Jackie. I am delighted to have discovered your blog.

The North Coast said...

I love lilacs, and my vintage condo building has two large lilac bushes that smell heavenly. They are a favorite planting in Chicago, where they grow well.

I'm thinking of putting in a couple more.