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My Lady Is Compared to a Young Tree by Vachel Lindsay | Poets.org

Vachel Lindsay was born in Springfield, Illinois on November 10, 1879. He was known as the Prairie Troubadour because he integrated music into his poems and performed them theatrically. He died in 1931.

 

 

My Lady Is Compared to a Young Tree

by Vachel Lindsay

 

When I see a young tree

 

In its white beginning,

With white leaves

And white buds

Barely tipped with green,

In the April weather,

In the weeping sunshine--

Then I see my lady,

My democratic queen,

Standing free and equal

With the youngest woodland sapling

Swaying, singing in the wind,

Delicate and white:

Soul so near to blossom,

Fragile, strong as death;

A kiss from far-off Eden,

A flash of Judgment's trumpet--

April's breath.

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