The Maple Tree

The Maple Tree

The Maple with its tassell flowers of green
That turns to red, a stag horn shapèd seed
Just spreading out its scallopped leaves is seen,
Of yellowish hue yet beautifully green.
Bark ribb’d like corderoy in seamy screed
That farther up the stem is smoother seen,
Where the white hemlock with white umbel flowers
Up each spread stoven to the branches towers
And mossy round the stoven spread dark green
And blotched leaved orchis and the blue-bell flowers –
Thickly they grow and neath the leaves are seen.
I love to see them gemm’d with morning hours.
I love the lone green places where they be
And the sweet clothing of the Maple tree.

— John Clare from The Oxford Book of Sonnets

This poem is offered as part of our April theme: Golf & Greens

T.S. Poetry

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  1. This is such a lovely poem with rhymes included! I am not able to write poetry and usually quote others. I found your choosing this one to be very special to share! I like the idea of ‘sweet clothing’ and they different elements like corduroy fabric with its ribbing! Smiles, Robin

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