Robert Frost

A tree’s leaves may be ever so good,
So may its bar, so may its wood;
But unless you put the right thing to its root
It never will show much flower or fruit.
Casuarina equisetifolia by Marcia Verleta
Casuarina equisetifolia by Marcia Verleta

 

But I may be one who does not care
Ever to have tree bloom or bear.
Leaves for smooth and bark for rough,
Leaves and bark may be tree enough.

 

Sea-Grape Tree Coccoloba uvifera by Marcia Verleta
Sea-Grape Tree Coccoloba uvifera by Marcia Verleta

 

Some giant trees have bloom so small
They might as well have none at all.
Late in life I have come on fern.
Now lichens are due to have their turn.

 

Casuarina equisetifolia by Marcia Verleta
Royal poinciana by Marcia Verleta

 

I bade men tell me which in brief,
Which is fairer, flower or leaf.
They did not have the wit to say,
Leaves by night and flowers by day.

 

Cahaba Lily by Marcia Verleta
Cahaba Lily by Marcia Verleta

 

Leaves and bar, leaves and bark,
To lean against and hear in the dark.
Petals I may have once pursued.
Leaves are all my darker mood.

 

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Seagulls on the seashore by Marcia Verleta
Seagulls on the seashore by Marcia Verleta

 

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