Wise words from A E Houseman, “A Shropshire Lad”: cherry

We have just come back from a trip to the South West of France.  Stopping at a picnic area I was delighted to see daisies SO thickly carpeted, more than I have ever seen.  A little French girl going to the next table said “It is like snow”.  Her comment reminded me of this:-

 Houseman cleverly marks not only the Springs, but our passage of time through them …

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.
Now, of my threescore years and ten,
Twenty will not come again,
And take from seventy springs a score,
It only leaves me fifty more.
And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
About the woodlands I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow.
A.E.Houseman “A Shropshire Lad”
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