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Byline: Carol Ann Duffy

Each week Carol Ann selects a verse for women and discusses its meaning.

THE CHERRY BLOSSOM WAND

I will pluck from my tree a cherry-blossom wand, And carry it in my merciless hand, So I will drive you, so bewitch your eyes, With a beautiful thing that can never go wise.

Light are the petals that fall from the bough, And lighter the love that I offer you now; In a spring day shall the tale be told Of the beautiful things that will never go old.

The blossoms shall fall in the night wind, And I will leave you so, to be kind: Eternal in beauty are short-lived flowers, Eternal in beauty these exquisite hours.

I will pluck from my tree a cherry-blossom wand, And carry it in my merciless hand, So I will drive you, so bewitch your eyes, With a beautiful thing that shall never go wise.

BY ANNA WICKHAM

CarolAnnsays: Poet Anna Wickham (1884-1947) was born in Wimbledon, South London, and lived a rich and sometimes tumultuous life with more than its fair share of passion.

This lyric, though full of the romance of spring, contains a dangerous intensity. The hand that holds the cherryblossom wand is "merciless" and the poet is fully aware that the "exquisite hours" of new love do not always last.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 7, 2011
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