Saturday, 10 December 2011

The Poetry of Margery Clute (14)

If you missed the first installment, which provided some background information regarding Margery Clute's poetry, you can read it here.


To see the yellow daffodils
Drives away all sundry ills,
And upon the lawn the crocus
Peeps out from the grass to poke us.

Harken to the cows that moo
And to the rooks that make ado
Among the treetops (such a flock!
Were they men, they'd run amok!)

And see the stripèd bee that flies
Along the hedge before my eyes!
Nature has woken to a joyful morn!
Who could, for long, remain forlorn?

Margery Clute (1824-76) 


The Solitary Walker said...

Apart from the inspired rhyme 'crocus' and 'poke us', which is a touch of genius, I feel Margery was having an off day when she penned this one.

Dominic Rivron said...

I tend to agree. But that inspired rhyme did catch my eye as I was flicking through "Fallen Leaves" and I felt it was worth an airing on the strength of it.

The Weaver of Grass said...

crocus/pocus is going a bit far - I agree with Robert.

Gerry Snape said...

I must watch out for the spring flowers this year since Margery has reminded me of the danger of being poked....thankyou my dear!

tony said...


The Solitary Walker said...

Danger, Gerry? But it's such a sweet delight!

Titus said...

Oh, I don't know. There's a lot of humour in this one, and I don't think it's unintentional.
The more I read, the more this woman intrigues me. I like the way you're giving us a taste every now and then.

e said...

Perhaps Ms. Clute was being a tad funny with this one? Thanks for the reminder of Spring...

patteran said...

Maybe you could begin your jazz and poetry experiments with some of Margery's work, Dominic. I see this one as clattering along really well to a Kenny Ball backing.

Argent said...

Crocus/poke us: what's not to like?

Dominic Rivron said...

Thanks for the comments, everyone.

WG: Yet such is the essence of Clute, I deem. (I'm getting as bad as her. She deems a great deal).

GS: I think they poke you very slowly in the back over a number of days if you lay on the lawn for an extended period of time. There's certainly time to get out of the way.

tony, SW & Argent: Indeed so.

Titus: She is deeply intriguing. I find out something new about her every day.

e: Possibly, but I doubt it.

patteran: I now know what it is like to imagine what you suggest. I must apologise for putting you in a situation where, with hindsight, one would almost inevitably imagine it. I have almost recovered. Have you? :)

John Hayes said...

I suppose if the crocuses poke hard enough one might be forlorn. Margery is in rare form here!