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Spring on the Hill
Posted on April 19, 2012 by Deborah Kaplan | Categories: features | |  Tagged:  |

The Collected Poems of John Holmes contain several poems about spring, but this one is particularly apropos:

John Holmes, Summer 1960

Spring on the Hill (Audio)

Spring on the Hill

Spring on the Hill is sweeter far
Than springs before or after are.
The time will come, for time’s old reason,
When spring will be – another season.
Remember then, remember well,
The curving paths, the chapel bell,
And think of mornings when the sun
Lighted your windows one by one;
Of how the trees arched overhead
To shade the Row; how shadows spread
A dappled pattern on the grass
Where you went by with books to class.
Call back the memories you made
Of where you lived and loved and played
Four Mays, four Aprils, and four Junes,
And countless drowsy afternoons.
Remember most of all the trees,
And then their murmuring in the breeze;
The ivy by the window stirring;
The mower’s hard impatient whirring;
The green sweet smell of grass and sun;
The roads that like a ribbon run . . .
Remember any April day,
And many a moonlit night, and say,
Spring on the Hill is sweeter far
Than springs before or after are.”