Poetry Friday: Loveliest of Trees, by A.E. Housman

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.

Now, of my threescore years and ten
Twenty will not come again,
And take from seventy springs a score,
It only leaves me fifty more.

And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
About the woodlands I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow.

~A.E. Housman

What better poem to celebrate cherry blossom season?  We don’t go to the Tidal Basin every year because the crowds are always ridiculous, but this year – we just felt like taking in the blooms from the prime spot.  Housman’s poem is a little melancholy, it’s true, but it speaks to the fleeting glories of spring.  We all take them in when we can, don’t we?

Is there a must-do spring activity in your part of the world?

6 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: Loveliest of Trees, by A.E. Housman

  1. Beautiful photos! I was in DC recently to visit the National Gallery of Art but unfortunately, there wasn’t enough time to get over to the Tidal Basin. But seeing your photos is just as good! Thanks for posting these.

    • Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed them! The Tidal Basin is always crawling with people and never quite the restful, serene experience one would like, but it’s still a delight.

  2. Do you happen to know if the bluebells will be out/in peak soon? There are some blooming at the botanical gardens in Norfolk, VA by my house so I am hoping that means they will be popping up there soon!

    • They’re out and not quite at peak, but it’s within the next few days! I’m planning to hike the bluebell trail near my house this weekend and I think they’ll be juuuuuuuust barely shy of peaking. You should be seeing them anytime!

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