Magnolias and Moonlight

Magnolia

Majestic flower! How purely beautiful
Thou art, as rising from thy bower of green,
Those dark and glossy leaves so thick and full,
Thou standest like a high-born forest queen
Among thy maidens clustering round so fair,—
I love to watch thy sculptured form unfolding,
And look into thy depths, to image there
A fairy cavern, and while thus beholding,
And while thy breeze floats o’er thee, matchless flower,
I breathe the perfume, delicate and strong,
That comes like incense from thy petal-bower;
My fancy roams those southern woods along,
Beneath that glorious tree, where deep among
The unsunned leaves thy large white flower-cups hung!

C. P. Cranch, 1917

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4 thoughts on “Magnolias and Moonlight

  1. What a fabulous flower and wonderful photos showing it as a bud and fully opened. (The poem is lovely too!) Like the close-up especially! 🙂

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