Chestnut Candles

Our glorious horse chestnut tree, we love the whole year through.
A towering think of beauty, from a conker brown it grew.

This was many years ago, beneath the earth it sent,
a tiny green shoot upwards, a miracle Heaven lent!

Majestic now it towers, over hedgerow, field and verge,
in Spring we wait to see the first candle plumes emerge!

Candle-blossoms light the tree, in white or pink or cream,
I never saw a lovelier sight, not even in a dream!

There's something very special about this wondrous sight,
a treat from nature every Spring, lit by candles bright.

But if you care to climb the tree, to take a closer peek,
you may see the Chestnut fairy, playing hide-and-seek!

A charming little tree sprite, amidst the blossoms she belongs,
the blackbirds often join her and serenade her with their songs.

So please don't go a-conkering, not 'til Autumn's here,
that's the fairy's message, I hope it's loud and clear




Poetry by normalil
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Written on 2009-05-01 at 20:09

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ngaio Beck
Wonderful,Norma
When a child my Grandfather would teke me to the family plot,to sit beneath the glorious Chestnut.
2012-03-29


Tom Farrell
wonderful poem ..... its flow and meter and message colorful and positive ..... delightful and disciplined!
2009-06-24


Chris Fernie
Dear Normalil,

I love your whimsical and nostalgic sentiments, though I appreciate the serious message in your poems. Have you ever been compared to Pam Ayres?

Cheers, Chris
2009-06-15


Elle
They are beautiful at present - I love this poem - The horse chestnut comes into its glory I think in spring

Elle x
2009-05-01