Sunday, April 05, 2009

Two Poems for Today--Shakespear and Haiku

I missed posting a poem yesterday--Emily had an exciting soccer game mid-morning and then plans with a friend later in the day, and I had lots of laundry to do--excuses, excuses, I know! Anyway, I'm making up for it today. Here we go with poetry inspired by the wonderful weather we've been having this weekend.

This first poem is from Shakespeare's Love's Labours Lost:

When daisies pied, and violets blue,
And lady-smocks all silver-white,
And cuckoo-buds of yellow hue
Do paint the meadows with delight,
The cuckoo then, on every tree,
Mocks married men, for thus sings he:
“Cuckoo!
Cuckoo, cuckoo!” O word of fear,
Unpleasing to a married ear.

When shepherds pipe on oaten straws,
And merry larks are ploughmen’s clocks,
When turtles tread, and rooks, and daws,
And maidens bleach their summer smocks,
The cuckoo then, on every tree,
Mocks married men, for thus sings he:
“Cuckoo!
Cuckoo, cuckoo!” O word of fear,
Unpleasing to a married ear.


--from Act V, Scene 2





And now for something totally different, a haiku written just now by Thomas and me:


Spring

happy sunny days
spring when the bumblebees come
colors in the air




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