Friday, August 03, 2007

Poetry Friday - Lupins

This blog is named for Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney. (You can learn why I chose this name here.) Since the anniversary of Barbara Cooney's birthday is approaching, I thought it appropriate to make today's entry about lupins and other beautiful flowers. This poem comes from a book by Harriet Anne Wilkins entitled Victor Roy, A Masonic Poem.
A Song of the Flowers
"Why are you weeping, ye gentle flowers?
Are ye not blest in your sunny bowers?
Have you startling dreams that make ye weep,
When waking up from your holy sleep?
And the glorious rose with her flushing face,
And the fuschia with her form of grace,
The balsam bright, and the lupin's crest,
That weaves a roof for the firefly's nest;
The myrtle clusters, and dahlia tall,
The jessamine fairest among them all;
And the tremulous lips of the lily's bell,
Join in the music we love so well."

Read the poem in its entirety here. (Scroll down about 2/3 of the page or search for the title.)
Happy Poetry Friday, all! If you are looking for the round up, it's here.


  1. Tricia,

    My husband will be riding for Team Daisy in the Pan-Mass Challenge this weekend to raise money for the Jimmy Fund and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Last year Team Daisy raised $65,000! I've dedicated two poems to Daisy Locke today--one by William Wordsworth and one by me. Daisy, by the way, is the daughter of good friends and a cancer survivor.

  2. Tricia,

    I have a poem by Andrea Hollander Budy that uses a familiar fairy tale to look at a female stereotype.

    Thanks for doing the roundup!

  3. Thanks for hosting. I've posted an original poem about a road in Iqaluit, Nunavut.

  4. Stand and Deliver! LOL My BFF in high school and I had that whole skit memorized. I would say I practiced it four or five days a week at least.

    Never a willow.

    What do you mean lupines?

    Now I can't get it out of my head (my fine friends.)

  5. We've got a solar theme going today with Summer Sun by Robert Louis Stevenson and a bit of solar science, too. :)


  6. Thanks for hosting this week Tricia! I enjoyed reading the poem you posted.

    I found a poem from a former student and loved it so much that I posted it up this week.

  7. Thanks for hosting. I love the Wilkins poem. I have William H. Davies' "Leisure" today.

  8. Thanks so much for hosting today, and for this lovely poem...

    I've got poems about reading this week, since I'm in LA at SCBWI...