The Cherry Trees

The cherry trees bend over and are shedding,
On the old road where all that passed are dead,
Their petals, strewing the grass as for a wedding
This early May morn when there is none to wed.

Edward Thomas

結婚式のためのように その花びらを草に散らしている
この五月の朝早く 結婚する人など一人もいないのに。



Edward Thomas was from Wales, and studied history at Oxford University. When he got into writing poems World War I broke out. He volunteered the following year, and was killed in action two years later.

It is painful to cite a poem that deals with war. However, now the belligerent and exclusive persons are in power. We might tread the same path as we did in the past if we did not voice against them.


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