Tuesday, January 06, 2009
Taking Affliction In
Richard Wilbur, Orchard Trees, January
It's not the case, though some might wish it soAnsel Adams, Snow in Apple Orchard, Yosemite, California
Who from a window watch the blizzard blow
White riot through their branches vague and stark,
That they keep snug beneath their pelted bark.
They take affliction in until it jells
To crystal ice between their frozen cells,
And each of them is inwardly a vault
Of jewels rigorous and free of fault,
Unglimpsed until in May it gently bears
A sudden crop of green-pronged solitaires.