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Lent is a tree without blossom...


The historic beech tree at Dove House is a perfect illustration for this poem about Lent:


Lent is a tree without blossom, without leaf,

Barer than blackthorn in its winter sleep,

All unadorned.  Unlike Christmas which decrees

The setting-up, the dressing-up of trees,

Lent is a taking down, a stripping bare,

A starkness after all has been withdrawn

Of surplus and superfluous,

Leaving no hiding place, only an emptiness

Between black branches, a most precious space

Before the leaf, before the time of flowers;

Lest we should see only the leaf, the flower,

Lest we should miss the stars.

Jean M. Watt



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