Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Appreciate each day.....

Lovliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.

Now of my three score years and ten,
Twenty will not come again,
And take from seventy springs a score,
It only leaves me 50 more.

And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
About the woodlands I will go
To see the cherry tree hung with snow.

~A. E. Houseman~
"Lovliest of Trees"

I think this poem is a reminder to enjoy each day, to find and appreciate the beauty around us. We can find beauty even in the most unlikeliest of places, not just in these obviously gorgeous cherry trees. We just have to open our minds to see it.


  1. This is a beautiful blog: the cherries, the pictures, the poetry and the message! Very inspiring!

  2. Lovely photos and poem,so true.Since I have had my camera I am hooked on nature photography,I notice things I never saw before and I learn something every day about the animals and birds.I suppose being retired I have more time to notice things now.
    Thanks for sharing this poem and your thoughts.

  3. I've always liked that poem, and the white blossom is gorgeous at this time of year, somehow even more beautiful this time round.

  4. So very true, Denise. These photos just take my breath away.

  5. Well since we don't have those gorgeous blossoms here, I will have to open my mind and find it elswhere. The rain has stopped for a few days and we have had the most beautiful blue skies and sunny days without the extreme humidity. Just Beautiful.

  6. It's a blessing!
    Wonderful title and magnificent flowers!

  7. Great pairing of a poem and photos. Yep, we have to wake up and appreciate what's around us right now.

  8. I love this verse. The pictures are a good show of springtime.The redbuds here are like your header, they grow wild all over.

  9. Great post! Love your selection of photos too!

  10. Can one find beauty in the destruction from earthquakes and tsunamis, I wonder. Beauty even in pain?

  11. That is a beautiful poem and you had great pics to go with it.

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    - Jessica

  13. I love that poem, and I love your photos. Thank you for a beautiful post!

  14. Thank you Denise!!! You're so right!!! I try to smile every day no matter what! And appreciate everything around me, from people to nature...

  15. Denise, Lovely poem and captures. Makes me smile.

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  17. Loved the trees in bloom, that is why I love Spring. Your pictures were very pretty and the poem was nice.