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Sycamore Trees

 
 
Miller
 
Reply Thu 12 Apr, 2007 07:25 pm
Sycamore Trees
A Poem by Mary Guckian
Studies An Irish Quaraterly Review
Vol.96, No.381, March 2007



Secure and stately sycamore

trees, across the road, fill

our front windows with pink

candelabra on this May morning.

The candy floss blossoms give

light to the grim grey area

where many young people reside

in bedsitters and small flats.

These trees have witnessed

much change, yet they continue

to flood from their branches

brilliant blushing petals,

bringing a delicate grace

to an old Edwardian Street.

Mary Guckian
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Reply Thu 12 Apr, 2007 11:14 pm
There's a large, old cherry tree in full blossom in the courtyard where I work. This poem reminds me of that setting. It's a very grey courtyard, surrounded on three sides by concrete block, the ground is totally tarmacced, but right in the middle of this sterile and physically sad-looking environment, straight out of this concrete (or so it seems)- grows this incredibly beautifully shaped tree totally covered with delicate blossoms. I don't know why it affects me so much, but every morning it does. I'll be sorry to see the blossoms go.

I was talking with a friend about Irish poetry. And he said that the reason the Irish have held on to romanticism (in poetry at least) much more obviously than the Americans and British is because they never really had a full scale industrial revolution. I thought that was interesting.
I always just attributed it to their more mystical and romantic souls. But maybe they held on to those too, because their nation never hosted a full scale industrial revolution.

Thanks for posting this.
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Reply Fri 13 Apr, 2007 05:37 am
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the Irish have held on to romanticism (in poetry at least) much more obviously than the Americans and British is because they never really had a full scale industrial revolution.


It looks like Ireland is in a major state of change at the moment, however.
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Miller
 
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Reply Fri 13 Apr, 2007 05:38 am
By the way, the journal "Studies" is published by Irish Jesuits.

Check out:

www.studiesirishreview.com
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