Cherry Blossoms NYC

By April 23, 2013Flower Talk

Cherry Blossoms at Evening
by William Carlos Williams

In the prebirth of the evening
the blue cherry blossoms
on the blue tree
from this yellow, ended room —
press to the windows
inside shall be out
the clustered faces of the flowers
straining to look in

Yes, I know cherry blossoms are pink. Williams stands it all up on its head in this poem, and I never get tired of that. The poem is more about the light than the bloom, and he resists the usual ephemeral nature of beauty and life, etc. we’ve come to expect from musings on the cherry blossom. But who can resist those clustered faces?

Laurie Needell

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