tiny buds

Written for:  Carpe Diem #1297 – White Hand Of Moses (more of Khayyam)

Now the New Year reviving old Desires,
The thoughtful Soul to Solitude retires,
Where the WHITE HAND OF MOSES on the Bough
Puts out, and Jesus from the Ground suspires.

© Omar Khayyam (Tr. FitzGerald)


This is a puzzling verse at first. The “New Year reviving old Desires” is, as FitzGerald indicates in his notes, a symbolic reference to the renewal of Nature associated with the Spring Equinox, here associated with human thoughts and feelings. The spring revival is here illustrated with the twinned references to blossoms bursting forth on the trees (“the White Hand of Moses on the Bough puts out”) and flowers bursting forth from the ground (“Jesus from the Ground suspires”).

winter’s gone
tree blossoms bloom
breath again

© Chèvrefeuille (our host)

Here is my attempt:

tiny buds open
fragile in new season
baby’s breath


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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4 Responses to tiny buds

  1. Such a nice response on this quatrain. Thanks Sara. I have added your link to the widget


  2. wildchild47 says:

    I really like this – I read it in many ways, but I can’t help but seeing actual baby’s breath flowers in my mind 🙂 Lovely


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