Kevin Michael Bloor

Snowdrops

Just now the stout snowdrops are blooming:
reminders that springtime is looming.
They brave the harsh breeze that is blowing;
in bleakest mid-winter they're growing!

In Latin, Galanthus Nivalis;
(to love them, you don’t need to know this)
‘Milk Flower of the Snow’s’ the translation;
from Promised Land brought to this nation.

All clouded in folklore and fable,
with Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel,
whose tears were all shed in the garden
of Eden; they begged heaven's pardon!

So, angels of mercy took pity,
from snowflakes made flowers so pretty:
sweet, shy, sturdy blooms bright with beauty,
all destined, by God, for this duty:

To symbolise hope, beyond sorrow,
of new world of wonder, tomorrow,
where hearts would be warmed and unfrozen
by ladies of loveliness chosen.

Just now the stout snowdrops are blooming:
reminders that springtime is looming!
Cruel winter, they tell us, is ending;
sweet solace of springtime is pending!

Comments6

  • orchidee

    Ooh I dunno Kevin. Hardly feeble! if ya had not told me of them galanthus, I'd never have known. heehee.
    I could set this to a hymn tune is you wish, with minor adjustments?
    And an omen? An elderly lady passed away age 95 last year (not covid). Snowdrops were one of her favourite flowers.

    • Kevin Michael Bloor

      thank you. Yeah, I have chopped and changed and edited this poem so many times. I'm still not happy with it. Anything you can do with it would we good!

      • orchidee

        Thanks Kevin. I won't actually change it that much though. No use polishing up something that's reached its ultimate shine! Will 'flattery' get me somewhere?! heehee.

      • FredPeyer

        Kevin, I love your poem. It brings back memories of looking for the first "Schnee-Gloeckchen" ('Snow-Bells', German for this flower) when growing up in Switzerland. Alas, we don't have them in Hawaii and no snow either!

        • Kevin Michael Bloor

          glad my poem brought you back some nice memories.

        • willow tree

          💗

        • Doggerel Dave

          Nothing too feeble about that, Blue. I don't normally 'get' nature poetry, but this one reeled me in, first due to the disciplined structure and rhyme (my obsession) and then I found the content surprisingly accessible to me, though I haven't seen too many snowdrops in Sydney....

          • Kevin Michael Bloor

            Many thanks, DD. A poem by Rupert Brooke inspired me to write this.

          • L. B. Mek

            a wonderful read, I don't know why but my favourite part is:
            '(to love them, you don’t need to know this)'
            a writer's interactive voice of truth and indeed, a statement true: of poetry and of most thing's we cherish in our lives

            • Kevin Michael Bloor

              Thank you. Yeah, I've edited this poem so many times. I'm still not happy with it. Again, thanks for taking the time.

            • Dove

              Beautiful



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