The Cherry Trees

“The Cherry Trees”

“The Cherry Trees” is about walking past cherry trees that are shedding their petals. Although the petals make the place looks beautiful and lovely, like a moment in a wedding, this place is not a happy place; those who have seen it are now dead, and the cherry trees bare no witness to happy times anymore.

Photo by Brian Fairlie

“The Cherry Trees”

The cherry trees bend over and are shedding
On the old road where all that passed are dead,
Their petals, strewing the grass as for a wedding
This early May morn when there is none to wed.

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Works Cited

1. Fairlie, Brian. Personal photo. Used with permission.
2. Thomas, Edward. “Edward Thomas.” The Norton Anthology of English Literature Eighth Edition. Ed. Greenblatt Stephen and M.H. Abrams. New York: W&W Norton & Company, 2006. 1956-1959.