Loveliest of Trees, the Cherry Now....

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

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On a sunny Sunday at the tail-end of National Poetry Month, WNYC visited the Brooklyn Botanic Garden where people lounged on the grass in the shade of the 76 flowering cherry trees planted in the Cherry Esplanade. To celebrate the season, we asked a few people to read from a well-known poem about spring, cherry blossoms and mortality:

A.E. Houseman's "A Shropshire Lad, II"

A Shropshire Lad, II
by A. E. Housman

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.

We heard from Daniel Fastag, Martin Fastag, Alexandro Schrott, Dominique, Mike Elliot and Nora Gainer.

Hung with blooms along the bough...
Mike and his family from Brooklyn
A Japanese tschochke greets visitors
A girl in red under the cherry trees
Brothers Daniel and Martin from Brooklyn and Long Island
Cherry blossoms in Brooklyn
Cherry tree at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Nora and Alexandro from Argentina
Pink blossoms on black boughs
Dominique from Brooklyn at the Botanic Garden
A white cherry tree in Brooklyn


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Comments [4]

gail schuler

Poem, in spite of it's beauty, always makes me a little sad. I'm sure it's thoughts of my own mortality.

I'm now 71 and disabled. I can no longer go through the woodlands.

Thank goodness I do have a cherry tree in my backyard!

May. 08 2009 06:49 PM

What a beautiful piece! I heard it yesterday morning while rushing to work, and the thought of these gorgeous blossoms, and the reading of the equally beautiful poem, gave me much-needed pause.

May. 01 2009 10:02 AM

What is the "moderation queue?

Apr. 30 2009 11:51 AM

I loved the pictures and the reading aloud of the poem. I went out to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in hope of seeing the blossoms (mistakenly) two weeks ago. It was a cold spring day and too early so I changed my plan and ended up at the Brooklyn Museum....not a bad alternative!

Apr. 30 2009 10:45 AM

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