I recently came across this poem that I had not seen for years. I was in High School when I first read it, and had little or no appreciation of poetry at that time. What triggered the memory was learning that the Poet, Robert Frost…was a farmer as well as teacher and poet. Thinking in high school that I was always going to be a farmer, his autobiography was something I gravitated towards. His poem(or prayer), “A Prayer in Spring” has a deeper and more enjoyable meaning to me now. I hope you will enjoy the words of his poem along with pictures from our Garden Center.
A Prayer In Spring
(Robert Frost 1915)
Oh give us pleasure in the flowers today
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest- keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.
Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night
And make us happy in the happy be
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.
And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.
For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfill.