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Friday, May 25, 2012
Poetry Friday: Poinciana
The flamboyant trees are in bloom here in Haiti, and I took this picture this week over the wall of the basketball court at school. I was thinking of a poem, but never got it written, what with all the grading I've been doing. I decided to browse Google and see if anybody else had written anything about this beautiful tree, and learned to my surprise that the other name for it is the poinciana. And sure enough, there's a song about it! (Don't ask me why this video has the photo that it does. I suggest you listen to the music while looking above at my photo. There you go, isn't that better?)
Here are the lyrics:
Sing a song...through the trees.
Trees...sigh to me...
Soon my love...I will see.
Your branches speak to me of love.
Pale moon is casting shadows from above.
Somehow I feel the jungle heat
Within me, there grows a rhythmic, savage
Love is everywhere, its magic perfume fills the air.
To and fro, you sway, my heart's in time,
I've learned to care.
From now until the dawning day,
I'll learn to love forever come what may.
Sing a song through the trees.
Trees...sigh to me
Soon my love... I will see.
This song has been performed by many musicians (here's a sampling) but was written by Bernier and Simon, again according to Google. (How did I ever find anything out before Google?)
So what with the jungle heat and the rhythmic savage beat, our semester is jigging to an end. This time next week I'll have taught my last full school day of the year. Hooray!
Here's today's Poetry Friday roundup.