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Sunday, April 08, 2012

Easter Poem

From my poetry blog (link on right)




Spring Plantings

Susan planted pansies yesterday
and I moved them in the evening
to protect them from the freeze
although hardy plant they be;
the full moon shined upon them,
and the full moon frost cuts deeply
in the spring.

I stood and watched that fulgent star,
like Hesiod stood within his vineyard
together with his brother, Perses,
in their childhood, Demeter bless’d,
and like them waited as Pandora
opened a jar of corrosion
to melt gold.

So we plant our flowers in hard times,
awaiting life’s newness once again:
like old vines who have sent down roots
deep in the soil, we are pruned again,
but await the graft of spring’s new
scion wood into our wounded souls:
Easter time!

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notes

The references are to Hesiod's Works and Days, a poem from ancient Greece.

Demeter - great Mother, source of wealth and growing things; associated with the Golden Age.

Pandora – according to Hesiod, opened a container of evils, ruining the perfection of the world; a reference to the present less-than-perfect state of affairs.

scion wood – wood to be grafted onto existing stocks

We have faith in a return to goodness after winter, after the end of a golden age, after we have been cut and wounded.

4 comments:

Ruth said...

Extraordinary. There are fresh ways to express resurrection every morning.

Happy Easter!

Montag said...

Happy Easter, Ruth, to your entire family.

I wondered if I should mix Hesiod and Easter, but that is the box it came in - so to speak - and there was no way I could squeeze St. Jerome in, so good old Hesiod it was.
I recalled that you were familiar with him, and so was my wife, so that was enough for me.

Baysage said...

Bravo this! Good job, Montag.

Montag said...

Thank you.