Sunday, March 27, 2016


Spring Pools
by  Robert Frost

These pools that, though in forests, still reflect
The total sky almost without defect,
And like the flowers beside them, chill and shiver,
Will like the flowers beside them soon be gone,
And yet not out by any brook or river,
But up by roots to bring dark foliage on.

The trees that have it in their pent-up buds
To darken nature and be summer woods –
Let them think twice before they use their powers
To blot out and drink up and sweep away
These flowery waters and these watery flowers
From snow that melted only yesterday. 

I will be studying some of Frost's poetry over the next month.  As prologue to that effort and in recognition of the beginning of Spring I have posted a poem that portrays the transformations from winter that had only just passed to spring, "flowers beside them chill and shiver".  The trees became bare over the winter and the water is filled with flower petals but now as it is spring the tree's are blossoming. Nonetheless there is a not too subtle hint of darkness in the nature that brings us the spring buds.  The poem exhibits some pleasant rhymes and ends with a particularly felicitous couplet. 
Harbinger of Spring!


Brian Joseph said...

I love Frost and I spent close to a year really digging into his works about ten years ago.

That hint of darkness that you allude to seems present most of his up upbeat works. Obviously it is not a goes well beyond a hint in many of his other poems.

James said...


Thanks for your reminder of the darkness that lurks in many of Frost's poems. I will be reading and discussing some of Stevens's and Eliot's poems also over the next few weeks.