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Blackthorn, Celandine


Blackthorn, Celandine

For Jeremy Hooker on his 80th birthday

- Se├ín Street (U.K.)

Sisters of a season,

dark bark, white, gold:

flower of the Swallow,

the bewitching tree

driving darkness

from reborn fields.


Words whispered

through the wood

growing clearer

with each day’s


of new light.


Blackthorn, Celandine,

the Cherry in the wings

waiting for showtime.

Seen or not, you know

they’re there. Naming

invokes them:


word, tree, flower,

the space around them,

the shapes plant and word,

tree and poem make.

Sisters of the season.

Hope springs’ kin.