Poetry Corner

The Cherry Trees

By Laurence Binyon

Out of the dusk of distant woods

All round the April skies

Blossom-white, the cherry trees

Like lovely apparitions rise

Like spirits strange to this ill world,

White strangers from a world apart,

Like silent promises of peace,

Like hope that blossoms in the heart

1901 Sketch by W. Strang

© Laurence Binyon

About the poet: Binyon (1861-1943) was an English poet, dramatist and art scholar. His most famous poem, “For the Fallen”, was written in response to the battle of the Marne in 1914 and its tribute to all casualties of was continues to be an integral part of annual WWI remembrance services in Britain, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.

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