William Allingham

(19 March 1824 – 18 November 1889 / Donegal / Ireland)

A Seed

Poem by William Allingham

See how a Seed, which Autumn flung down,
And through the Winter neglected lay,
Uncoils two little green leaves and two brown,
With tiny root taking hold on the clay
As, lifting and strengthening day by day,
It pushes red branchless, sprouts new leaves,
And cell after cell the Power in it weaves
Out of the storehouse of soil and clime,
To fashion a Tree in due course of time;
Tree with rough bark and boughs' expansion,
Where the Crow can build his mansion,
Or a Man, in some new May,
Lie under whispering leaves and say,
"Are the ills of one's life so very bad
When a Green Tree makes me deliciously glad?"
As I do now. But where shall I be
When this little Seed is a tall green Tree?

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  • Paresh ChakraParesh Chakra (12/12/2018 4:37:00 AM)

    It is a very lovely poem 10++++(Report)Reply

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  • Ruta MohapatraRuta Mohapatra (7/24/2018 12:20:00 AM)

    'Are the ills..........deliciously glad? '.......Beautiful line!(Report)Reply

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  • Ruta MohapatraRuta Mohapatra (11/12/2017 7:36:00 AM)

    We lie under trees which someone else planted long back. Someone else will rest in future under the trees we plant today. A beautiful poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Alem Hailu G/kristosAlem Hailu G/kristos (12/11/2015 7:55:00 AM)

    Insightful and lovely.This poem is a gem!(Report)Reply

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  • * Sunprincess * (5/30/2014 9:47:00 PM)

    .............yes, seeds are the most amazing things.....truly from a seed we have the universe....fabulous poem...(Report)Reply

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  • Scarlett Treat (3/19/2006 8:22:00 AM)

    I am amazed at the peaceful moments WA captures, yet the depth of thought in the last phrase of where will he be when the seedling is a tree.(Report)Reply

    Mohammed Asim Nehal(1/14/2017 7:26:00 PM)


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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002

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