Flowering Plum

In spring from the black branches of the flowering plum tree the woodthrush issues its routine message of survival. Where does such happiness come from as the neighbors' daughter reads into that singing, and matches? All afternoon she sits in the partial shade of the plum tree, as the mild wind floods her immaculate lap with blossoms, greenish white and white, leaving no mark, unlike the fruit that will inscribe unraveling dark stains in heavier winds, in summer.

This poem's structure is fragile, blossoms afloat in the wind and flooding a girl's lap. To break the lyric into couplets would intrude on its magic —the last moments of innocence —so fleeting that the lines must flow mostly run-on, to conclusion. Cast the lyric into unrhymed couplets, as in the Hummer poem, and watch the poem's beauty deflate.

In this case, the absence of breaks is evidence of craft as much as the plethora of breaks was in Hummer's poem. While he needs many stanzas to hold the structure of his poem together, Glück requires the weightlessness of no breaks to depict the girl's essence. Again, the stanza is at work behind the scenes.

0 0

Post a comment