Poem of the Week: Wind and Window Flower

Wednesday salutations…?

My sister and I are taking a weekend trip to the beach (yay!), and we’re leaving tomorrow, so it is much easier for me to post tonight instead of the usual Thursday. I hope you don’t mind a post a day early!

Quick thought: Let me remind you to follow the blog’s Instagram account! Username: pentopapercollections. Thank you in advance.

This week’s poem is “Wind and Window Flower” by Robert Frost. Enjoy! 🙂

winter-window

Wind and Window Flower

“Lovers, forget your love,
And listen to the love of these,
She a window flower,
And he a winter breeze.

When the frosty window veil
Was melted down at noon,
And the caged yellow bird
Hung over her in tune,

He marked her through the pane,
He could not help but mark,
And only passed her by
To come again at dark.

He was a winter wind,
Concerned with ice and snow,
Dead weeds and unmated birds,
And little of love could know.

But he sighed upon the sill,
He gave the sash a shake,
As witness all within
Who lay that night awake.

Per chance he half prevailed
To win her for the flight
From the firelit looking-glass
And warm stove-window light.

But the flower leaned aside
And thought of naught to say,
And morning found the breeze
A hundred miles away.”

~Robert Frost

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This poem relays a beautiful story of nature as well as lost love. While the wind and the window flower were so close at one point, they were in two entirely different worlds. Some things may seem perfect at the moment, but you may still come to the realization that it’s out of your grasp… and for good reason. Had the wind swept the window flower away, the flower would have lost its bloom and withered to nothing. Had the flower drawn the winter breeze in, it would have ceased to exist. They were torn apart, and it was difficult, to be sure, but otherwise, they would have lost themselves, which is a worse tragedy by far.

Robert Frost is a favorite of mine and I find this poem particularly intriguing in its simplicity. Your thoughts?

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One thought on “Poem of the Week: Wind and Window Flower

  1. Enjoyed Robert Frost’s poem….missed your chat of Jane Austen’s books! Enjoy your trip to the beach with your sister!

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