Out of the Dust
By Karen Hesse
Smore By Brett K.
Has been nursing these two trees
For as long as I can remember
In spite of the dust
In spite of the drought,
Because of Ma’s stubborn care
These trees are thick with blossoms
My eyes can’t get enough of the sight of them.
I stand under the trees
And let the petals
Fall into my hair,
Of sweet-smelling flowers,
Dropped from the boughs of the two
In the front yard by Ma
Before I was born,
That she and they might bring forth fruit
Into our home,
What Does it Mean?
In the second stanza Billie Jo is happier and thinking in the present. She is admiring all of the apple blossoms and thinking about what the apples could do for them.
Why Did I Chose this Poem?
How does it Add to the Story?
What makes this Poem Powerful?
The 3 R's
- The lines in each stanza go from small to big or big to small.
- The repetition of the phrase "In Spite" makes you know how hard it was to grow anything there.
- The words white and sight rhyme as well as hair and there
Why did I Choose this Song?
Prelude No. 21 by Chris Zabriskie is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)
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