Scottish Poetry Selection
- Sloe Blossom

A late winter snow was the inspiration for this Walter Wingate poem. The "sloe" is a member of the cherry tree which produces its pink flowers in March and April.

Sloe Blossom

Winter with his last of power
Sent the snow;
April on a chilly morn
Found the flakes upon a thorn,

On a thorn where leaf was none;
And to save them for an hour
From the sun
Made of every flake a flower.

You may see them if you will
Shining still
In a white enchanted shower
On the sloe!

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