April 2015 PAD – Day 24: Beneath The Hawthorn Tree

On April 24th 1947 author and poet Willa Cather died.

Beneath The Hawthorn Tree

Striving to tell the untold tales
Of those who strove so hard
Those who faced the adversity of nature
The trials of frontier and wilderness
And with fortitude and faith overcame

Ridiculed for lack of relevance
Decried for realism over romanticism
Though one surely cannot have it both ways
Continue unabashed to speak as seen
To look for the courage and goodness in mankind
The spirit defining all that we would be

Not questioned on the theme of love
Albeit whispers and raised eyebrows
Abound but blissful and content at ease
Lay me to rest with my great friend
And the ashes of my first poor love
Beneath the Hawthorn Tree

To be at one with all the world
To feel nothing but the Earth’s caress
And rest at last free of burden and
Let the blossom be one’s crown
“…that is happiness; to be dissolved
into something complete and great.”*

* from My Antonia by Willa Cather
“The Hawthorn Tree” by Siegfried Sassoon was amongst her favourite poems

Iain

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