Saturday, October 27, 2018


When I came home from Metro Atlanta the day after Thanksgiving, I noticed that 'Little Gem' magnolia had a single blossom near the top. Today I found this poem:
So much hath happened! and so much
The tomb hath claimed of what was mine!
Thy fragrance moves me with a touch
As from a hand divine!

So many dead! so many wed!
Since first, by this Magnolia's tree,
I pressed a gentle hand, and said
A Word no more for me!

Lady, who sendest from the South
This frail, pale token of the past,
Oh, love, we live, but many fell!
The world's a wreck, but we survive! ---
Say, rather, still on earth we dwell,
But gray at thirty-five!

Parsons, Thomas Williams. On a Magnolia Flower. The Magnolia. Cambridge, Massachusetts. Privately printed. 1866. Pages 1-2.


  1. I check over here ever so often thinking maybe, just maybe you will post again. What a thrill to see these.

  2. We survived Katrina so I know all this mess can't be easy. Glad to see a post from you on here.


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