The Stripped Maple Tree

November 12, 2010

Watercolor sketch of fallen maple keys

A Child’s Calendar
by John Updike

The stripped and shapely
Maple grieves
The ghosts of her
Departed leaves.

The ground is hard,
As hard as stone.
The year is old,
The birds are flown.

And yet the world,
In its distress,
Displays a certain
Loveliness.

3 Responses to “The Stripped Maple Tree”

  1. Ginny Says:

    Beautiful sketch! I’m a fan of John Updike, but haven’t read much of his poetry, only his fiction. I’ll have to check it out – I really like this poem.

  2. lesliepaints Says:

    What a lovely pairing of poetry and watercolor. Love the colors of these maple keys. Your sketch will hold them in time and is beautiful and simple like the poem.

  3. PatioPatch Says:

    this poem is unknown to me and so thank you for sharing. Perfect match with your simply lovely sketch

    Laura


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