“Muse Day”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
The first of the month is Garden Blogger’s Muse Day, day to post a poem relating to gardening.
Thanks to Sweet Home and Garden Chicago for starting Garden Bloggers’ Muse Day.
I’m a day late posting for Garden Bloggers’ Muse Day. Some computer problems threw me off on the date, but better late than never. While my oak tree is not as majestic as the one Whitman writes about, it is on its way to being one of the wonderful live oaks we have so many of here in Louisiana.
I saw in Louisiana a Live Oak Growing
All alone it stood and the moss hung down from its branches,
Without any companion it grew there uttering joyous leaves of dark green,
And its look, rude, unbending, lusty, made me think of myself,
But I wonder’d how it could utter joyous leaves standing alone there without its friend near, for I knew I could not,
And I broke off a twig with a certain number of leaves upon it, and twined around it a little moss,
And brought it away, and I have placed it in sight in my room,
It is not needed to remind me as of my own dear friends,
(For I believe lately I think of little else than them,)
Yet it remains to me a curious token, it makes me think of manly love;
Uttering joyous leaves all its life without a friend or lover near,
I know very well I could not.