A Birthday- Christina Rossetti

As it’s Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d avoid the usual gushy stuff and put another poem up. This time I chose Christina Rossetti, who wrote some astonishing poetry. I love the simple, joyful tone of this poem and the fact that it shows love as something lovely yet undramatic. The first line of this poem was stamped into a necklace I wore on my wedding day.

A Birthday

My heart is like a singing bird
Whose nest is in a water’d shoot;
My heart is like an apple-tree
Whose boughs are bent with thickset fruit;
My heart is like a rainbow shell
That paddles in a halcyon sea;
My heart is gladder than all these
Because my love is come to me.

Raise me a dais of silk and down;
Hang it with vair and purple dyes;
Carve it in doves and pomegranates,
And peacocks with a hundred eyes;
Work it in gold and silver grapes,
In leaves and silver fleurs-de-lys;
Because the birthday of my life
Is come, my love is come to me.

File:Christina Rossetti 2.jpg

Christina Rossetti painted by her brother, Dante Gabriel Rossetti
Image: Wikipedia

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