Lizette Woodworth Reese

(January 9, 1856 – December 17, 1935 / Waverly)

Spicewood - Poem by Lizette Woodworth Reese

The spicewood burns along the gray, spent sky,
In moist unchimneyed places, in a wind,
That whips it all before, and all behind,
Into one thick, rude flame, now low, now high,
It is the first, the homeliest thing of all--
At sight of it, that lad that by it fares,
Whistles afresh his foolish, town-caught airs--
A thing so honey-colored, and so tall!

It is as though the young Year, ere he pass,
To the white riot of the cherry tree,
Would fain accustom us, or here, or there,
To his new sudden ways with bough and grass,
So starts with what is humble, plain to see,
And all familiar as a cup, a chair.

Comments about Spicewood by Lizette Woodworth Reese

  • (6/1/2014 6:10:00 PM)

    ..........cherry trees are truly a thing of beauty.... (Report) Reply

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  • (5/19/2014 10:44:00 AM)

    Hmmm....I don't think I'm as enchanted by this piece as much as some others of the lost. (Report) Reply

  • Paul Reed (2/4/2014 6:07:00 AM)

    The white riot of the cherry tree. Great imagery and appreciation of otherwise unnoticed things (Report) Reply

  • Gajanan Mishra (2/4/2013 7:48:00 AM)

    I like this poem. It turns me up side down. great write. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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