Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, MAPLE DAYS, by FRANCIS THOMPSON (20TH CENTURY-)

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First Line: Though nights be cold, yet soon on sunny
Last Line: Old mother maple vivid patchwork lays.
Subject(s): Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers

Though nights be cold, yet soon on sunny days
Tree life shall stir, and farmers then will tap
The maple trees, that there may flow sweet sap.
From melting snow will come the soft spring haze,
And pure white birch their lacy limbs shall raise
Dark-tipped against blue sky. The brave "black-cap"
Shall sing his phoebe-note, the "downy" rap
Insistently his cheery reveilles.

When autumn comes, dull purple turns the ash;
Witch hazel makes herself a golden maze;
The oak seems red against the sun's last flash,
Pastel-like tints the sassafras displays;
And on the pasture slope, with rainbow splash,
Old Mother Maple vivid patchwork lays.

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