Today is the second in a four-part series pairing poetry and photography.
The poem is by the amazing Barbara Crooker. The quartet being presented on Ultra Sounds over these four weeks is part of a larger body of work, written during the time a close friend was struggling with cancer. You can find more about Barbara here.
The photo was taken by Irene Miller, an exceptional photographer from Stratford, Ontario. For this series she has captured images to accompany each of the four poems. See more of Irene’s work here
FOR A FRIEND LYING IN INTENSIVE CARE WAITING FOR HER WHITE BLOOD CELLS TO REJUVENATE AFTER A BONE MARROW TRANSPLANT
by Barbara Crooker
The jonquils. They come back. They split the earth with
their green swords, bearing cups of light.
The forsythia comes back, spraying its thin whips with
blossom, one loud yellow shout.
The robins. They come back. They pull the sun on the
silver thread of their song.
The iris come back. They dance in the soft air in silken
gowns of midnight blue.
The lilacs come back. They trail their perfume like a scarf
of violet chiffon.
And the leaves come back, on every tree and bush, millions
and millions of small green hands applauding your return
Applauding Your Return” by Irene Miller