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All the moons in one night

Magnolia 1



…On the gnarled

magnolia, in the fog, the blossoms and buds were like

all the moons in one night – full,

gibbous, crescent…
from ‘Telling My Mother’ by Sharon Olds, in Stag’s Leap

It was the most perfect spring weekend. A picnic in the New Forest on Saturday, the sun filtering through the trees into sheets of streaming light.  Yesterday, surrounded by running children in the back garden, I looked up at the magnolia & remembered these lines from a poem I read last week. We don’t quite have full moons, but we have the promise that this will be the magical week.


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