Soon the Shrub Will Out

Soon the shrub will out …
Spring again
The cycle of life repeating.
Image superimposed on image:
A face in a crowd reminding…

Of your face…
Of a lover’s face…
Of children’s  merry faces…
Gleaming — shining brightly.
A fleeting shadow flirting—

Dancing with us in the sunlight.
Flirting with such imagination:
Yours, mine, everybody’s…
Just anybody’s (It matters not).
The verdant shrub inclining.

Not hiding, but reminding…
Reminding us it’s Springtime.
Reminding with a nascent thought.
Emerging — and now nourished.
By a poet’s loneliness…

We poets dwell in loneliness…
Embraced by nature’s arms.
We poets are alone
The world cannot contain our kind.
We see, we touch, we taste, we smell…

And we listen to and hear…
The music of the spheres.
We even live and die…
Only to rise again in dreams…
In fertile dreams…

Of our imagination.
We dream what other beings perceive…
As whispers of some foreign realm.
We are by virtue — not by choice…
Alone. Alone in wonderment…

Where shrubs will always bloom.
So soon the shrub will out…
Life passing on …
Another day, another year …
Season after season.

Sun ripening the corn —
Summer urging Autumn …
Winter’s blight diminished …
By the call again of Spring.
The Wheel  of Time a cycle.

Boys and girls through seasons.
Becoming men and women
And the poet in a timeless world…
Fashioning with grandiloquence…
His pen, his feathered quill …

To etch the course of human destiny.
Soon the shrub will out …
Imagine it, image it …
The thought, the faces of humanity
Dancing and prancing

Unceasingly through seasons …
To etch the course
Of human destiny —
Again — the shrub, the thought
A metaphor of fleeting sacred life.

About this poem

Anticipating the changing of seasons, this poem was composed on March 16, 1981, towards the end of Winter, and the expectation of Spring that would arrive that year at 12:02 EST on March 20. The warmer weather of Spring, accompanied by increased hours of daylight, makes the Spring season excellent for the blooming, growth, and flourishing of things in nature. There seems to be a bounce in the air, as nature perks up to welcome all in many creative ways. It is a time to turn a leaf over and literally smell the roses. Many households use this time to engage in “Spring cleaning.” It is a time for Hope, and even a time for daydreaming, especially for artists and poets to whet our appetite with their imagination of wonderment. This poem, “Soon the Shrub Will Out,” was written in such a joyful spirit of celebration. 

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Written on March 16, 1981

Submitted by karlcfolkes on March 06, 2022

Modified by karlcfolkes on November 05, 2022

1:38 min read

Quick analysis:

Scheme Axbxb ccxdb xecxb bxfgh hxxxx xxxii exxxx xaxxe xxgbx jexcx dAxdb jxdfx
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 1,782
Words 328
Stanzas 12
Stanza Lengths 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5, 5

Karl Constantine FOLKES

Retired educator of Jamaican ancestry with a lifelong interest in composing poetry dealing particularly with the metaphysics of self-reflection; completed a dissertation in Children’s Literature in 1991 at New York University entitled: An Analysis of Wilhelm Grimm’s ‘Liebe Mili’ (translated into English as “Dear Mili”), Employing Von Franzian Methodological Processes of Analytical Psychology. The subject of the dissertation concerned the process of Individuation. more…

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