The Circle of Affection and Other Pieces in Prose and Verse

by Duncan Campbell Scott




VIRGINAL out of the earth
Rises the Cherry-Tree,
A slender wand
With a swerve in the stem;
Like a Dancer
Touching earth,—floating on air,—
With delicate hands forming a wreath
Over her head.
This virginal Cherry-Tree-Dancer
That keeps her poise,
The turn of her slender stem,
Her fragile branches hidden,
Holds her wreath aloft,
An aureole of blossom
Woven of rose and snow.
Around her root the crocuses,
Firm as if cut from gems,
Guard an inviolate floor
For the delicate Cherry-Tree-Dancer.
Silent are these and perfect in repose:
Yet are they circled and bound
By memories of lovely sound.