Spotlight Poetry – On a Lane in Spring – A poem by John Clare

© Marguerite Lloyd, Woodland Bluebells

On a Lane in Spring by John Clare

A little lane – the brook runs close beside,
And spangles in the sunshine while the fish glide swiftly by;

And hedges leafing with the green spring tide;
From out their greenery the old birds fly,
And chirp and whistle in the morning sun;
The pilewort glitters ‘neath the pale blue sky,

The little robin has its nest begun
The grass-green linnets round the bushes fly.
How Mild the Spring Comes in! the daisy buds
Lift up their golden blossoms to the sky.

How lovely are the pingles and the woods!
Here a beetle runs—and there a fly
Rests on the arum leaf in bottle-green,
And all the Spring in this Sweet lane is seen.

Poem Attribution © John Clare, On a Lane in Spring

Source Attribution https://www.poetrynook.com/poem/sonnet-lane-spring

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Spotlight Poetry – For my Niece – A poem by Kae Tempest

For my Niece by Kae Tempest

I hold you in my arms,
your age is told in months.

There’s things I hope you’ll learn.
Things I’m sure that I learned once.

But there’s nothing I can teach you.
You’ll find all that you need.

No flower bends its head to offer
teaching to a seed.

The seed will grow and blossom
once the flower’s ground to dust.

But even so, if nothing else,
one thing I’ll entrust:

Doing what you please
is not the same

as doing what you must.

Poem Attribution © Kae Tempest, For my Niece

Source Attribution A Poem for Every Spring Day, ed. Allie Espiri, Macmillan

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Painting Attribution © Lori Goldberg, Into the Garden, (Date Unstated)

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Spotlight Poetry – Stanzas for Music – A poem by Lord George Gordon Byron

© Stephanie Rivet, Summer Love,

Stanzas for Music by Lord George Gordon Byron

There be none of Beauty’s daughters
With a magic like thee;

And like music on the waters
Is thy sweet voice to me:
When, as if its sound were causing
The charmed ocean’s pausing,

The waves lie still and gleaming,
And the lull’d winds seem dreaming:

And the midnight moon is weaving
Her bright chain o’er the deep;

Whose breast is gently heaving,
As an infant’s asleep:
So the spirit bows before thee,
To listen and adore thee;

With a full but soft emotion,
Like the swell of Summer’s ocean.

Poem Attribution © Lord George Gordon Byron, Stanzas for Music

Source Attribution https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/43846/stanzas-for-music

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Spotlight Poetry – The Lily of the Valley – A poem by Hartley Coleridge

© Nadezhda Bogomolova, Lilies of the Valley

The Lily of the Valley by Hartley Coleridge

Some flowers there are that rear their heads on high,
The gorgeous products of a burning sky,

That rush upon the eye with garish bloom,
And make the senses drunk with high perfume.
Not such art thou, sweet Lily of the Vale!
So lovely, small, and delicately pale, –

We might believe, if such fond faith were ours,
As sees humanity in trees and flowers,
That thou wert once a maiden, meek and good,
That pined away beneath her native wood

For very fear of her own loveliness,
And died of love she never would confess.

Poem Attribution © Hartley Coleridge, The Lily of the Valley

Source Attribution Favourite Flower Poems, National Trust

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Spotlight Poetry – The Pobble Who Has No Toes – A poem by Edward Lear

The Pobble Who Has No Toes by Edward Lear

The Pobble who has no toes
Had once as many as we;
When they said “Some day you may lose them all;”
He replied “Fish, fiddle-de-dee!”

And his Aunt Jobiska made him drink
Lavender water tinged with pink,
For she said “The World in general knows
There’s nothing so good for a Pobble’s toes!”

The Pobble who has no toes
Swam across the Bristol Channel;
But before he set out he wrapped his nose
In a piece of scarlet flannel.

For his Aunt Jobiska said “No harm
Can come to his toes if his nose is warm;
And it’s perfectly known that a Pobble’s toes
Are safe, – provided he minds his nose!”

The Pobble swam fast and well,
And when boats or ships came near him,
He tinkledy-blinkledy-winkled a bell,
So that all the world could hear him.

And all the Sailors and Admirals cried,
When they saw him nearing the further side –
“He has gone to fish for his Aunt Jobiska’s
Runcible Cat with crimson whiskers!”

But before he touched the shore,
The shore of the Bristol Channel,
A sea-green porpoise carried away
His wrapper of scarlet flannel.

And when he came to observe his feet,
Formerly garnished with toes so neat,
His face at once became forlorn,
On perceiving that all his toes were gone!

And nobody ever knew,
From that dark day to the present,
Whoso had taken the Pobble’s toes,
In a manner so far from pleasant.

Whether the shrimps, or crawfish grey,
Or crafty Mermaids stole them away –
Nobody knew: and nobody knows
How the Pobble was robbed of his twice five toes!

The Pobble who has no toes
Was placed in a friendly Bark,
And they rowed him back, and carried him up
To his Aunt Jobiska’s Park.

And she made him a feast at his earnest wish
Of eggs and buttercups fried with fish, –
And she said “It’s a fact the whole world knows,
That Pobbles are happier without their toes!”

Poem Attribution © Edward Lear, The Pobble Who Has No Toes

Source Attribution https://www.oatridge.co.uk/poems/e/edward-lear-pobble-who-has-no-toes.php

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Spotlight Poetry – Buckingham Palace – A poem by A. A. Milne

Buckingham Palace by A. A. Milne

They’re changing guard at Buckingham Palace –
Christopher Robin went down with Alice.

Alice is marrying one of the guard.
“A soldier’s life is terrible hard,”
                                     Says Alice.

They’re changing guard at Buckingham Palace –
Christopher Robin went down with Alice.

We saw a guard in a sentry-box.
“One of the sergeants looks after their socks,”
                                     Says Alice.

They’re changing guard at Buckingham Palace –
Christopher Robin went down with Alice.

We looked for the King, but he never came.
“Well, God take care of him, all the same,”
                                     Says Alice.

They’re changing guard at Buckingham Palace –
Christopher Robin went down with Alice.

They’ve great big parties inside the grounds.
“I wouldn’t be King for a hundred pounds,”
                                     Says Alice.

They’re changing guard at Buckingham Palace –
Christopher Robin went down with Alice.

A face looked out, but it wasn’t the King’s.
“He’s much too busy a-signing things,”
                                     Says Alice.

They’re changing guard at Buckingham Palace –
Christopher Robin went down with Alice.

“Do you think the King knows all about me?”
“Sure to, dear, but it’s time for tea,”
                                     Says Alice.

A. A. Milne is better known for writing the story of Winnie- the-Pooh.

Pooh’s fictional friend Christopher Robin is found here in this poem too. Christopher Robin was the name of the writer’s son.

Poem Attribution © A. A. Milne, Buckingham Palace

Source Attribution https://allpoetry.com/Buckingham-Palace

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Music Attribution © Webster Booth, (Song from “When we were very young” by A A Milne, set to music by Harold Fraser-Simpson, 1942)

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Source Attribution https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCGMwrPPG7M

More music from the Music Box

Painting Attribution © Patrick O’Callaghan, Changing the Guard…, (Date Unstated)

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Spotlight Poetry – May Day – A poem by Sara Teasdale

May Day by Sara Teasdale

A delicate fabric of bird song
  Floats in the air,
The smell of wet wild earth
  Is everywhere.

Red small leaves of the maple
  Are clenched like a hand,
Like girls at their first communion
  The pear trees stand.

Oh I must pass nothing by
  Without loving it much,
The raindrop try with my lips,
  The grass with my touch;

For how can I be sure
  I shall see again
The world on the first of May
  Shining after the rain?

Poem Attribution © Sara Teasdale, May Day

Source Attribution https://poets.org/poem/may-day-1

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Spotlight Poetry – Yes, the Fish Music – A poem by Richard Brautigan

© Éadaoin Glynn, The Music of the Wind and I am but a Feather in it

Yes, the Fish Music by Richard Brautigan

A trout-coloured wind blows
through my eyes, through my fingers,

and I remember how the trout
used to hide from the dinosaurs
when they came to drink at the river.
The trout hid in subways, castles,

and automobiles. They waited patiently for the dinosaurs to go away.

Poem Attribution © Richard Brautigan, Yes, the Fish Music

Source Attribution https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/yes-the-fish-music/

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Spotlight Poetry – The Flowers – A poem by Friedrich von Schiller

The Flowers by Friedrich von Schiller

Ye offspring of the morning sun,
Ye flowers that deck the smiling plain,

Your lives, in joy and bliss begun,
In Nature’s love unchanged remain.
With hues of bright and godlike splendor
Sweet Flora graced your forms so tender,

And clothed ye in a garb of light;
Spring’s lovely children weep forever,
For living souls she gave ye never,
And ye must dwell in endless night?

The nightingale and lark still sing
In your tranced ears the bliss of love;
The toying sylphs, on airy wing,
Around your fragrant bosoms rove,

Of yore, Dione’s daughter twining
In garlands sweet your cup-so shining,
A pillow formed where love might rest!
Spring’s gentle children, mourn forever,

The joys of love she gave ye never,
Ne’er let ye know that feeling blest!

But when ye’re gathered by my hand,
A token of my love to be,

Now that her mother’s harsh command
From Nanny’s sight has banished me
E’en from that passing touch ye borrow
Those heralds mute of pleasing sorrow,

Life, language, hearts and souls divine;
And to your silent leaves ’tis given,
By Him who mightiest is in heaven,
His glorious Godhead to enshrine.

Poem Attribution © Friedrich von Schiller, The Flowers

Source Attribution https://cardsland.eu/poems/friedrich-von-schiller-poems-the-flowers,2386.html

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Painting Attribution © Jennifer Lommers, Abstract Painting – Meet Me in My Garden Dreams, (Date Unstated)

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Spotlight Poetry – Nostos – Poem of the day by Louise Glück

© Alfred Muhlig, Apple Blossom

Nostos by Louise Glück

There was an apple tree in the yard —
this would have been
forty years ago — behind,
only meadows. Drifts

of crocus in the damp grass.
I stood at that window:
late April. Spring
flowers in the neighbour’s yard.
How many times, really, did the tree
flower on my birthday,
the exact day, not
before, not after? Substitution

of the immutable
for the shifting, the evolving.
Substitution of the image
for relentless earth. What
do I know of this place,
the role of the tree for decades
taken by a bonsai, voices
rising from the tennis courts —

Fields. Smell of the tall grass, new cut.
As one expects of a lyric poet.
We look at the world once, in childhood.
The rest is memory.

Poem Attribution © Louise Glück, Nostos

Source Attribution https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/nostos/

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