A UK forest with bluebells, photo by Chris Deeney‘An English Spring’ by Nathaniel Todd McKee The Society June 8, 2019 Beauty, Poetry 3 Comments May 2018 How pleasant to recall the light of spring, Which with effulgence breaks the woodland morn, As we through beech-clad glade walk marveling At overlay of Bluebells gayly born. We then trace mud-caked paths to yonder mead To view the golden oilseed spanning wide, And though a time or two a compass need, We come content to where we both abide. As time proceeds new seasons it contains: The vibrant foliage thick in summer’s sun, The vivid leaves an autumn tree retains, Then hoary-frosted bark, by winter won. Yet still the spring should rest within the heart, For in the spring all other things did start. Nathaniel McKee’s interest in classical poetry first grew while studying for a master’s in business administration at the University of Oxford, UK. Somehow this whimsical place deepened an already strong appreciation for the humanities, even as he studied business. Nathaniel’s literary interests include Greek and Roman classics, 18th-19th century English literature, 18th-19th century French literature, the Bible, and history in general. He currently purchases agricultural commodities and energy for a mid-sized food manufacturing company in the foothills of southeastern Tennessee, USA, where he lives with his wife, Bethany. Views expressed by individual poets and writers on this website and by commenters do not represent the views of the entire Society. The comments section on regular posts is meant to be a place for civil and fruitful discussion. Pseudonyms are discouraged. The individual poet or writer featured in a post has the ability to remove any or all comments by emailing submissions@ classicalpoets.org with the details and under the subject title “Remove Comment.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 3 Responses Peter Hartley June 8, 2019 A welcome little bit of fresh air, and I needed a short double take on seeing the word gayly (or gaily) used to mean what it used to mean since a few centuries before the time of Chaucer. The writing of sonnets is often an exercise in compression but NTM manages to squeeze all four seasons in. Reply C.B. Anderson June 8, 2019 Not bad at all. I thought I was reading something by John Clare. Reply Nathaniel McKee June 10, 2019 Thank you, guys, glad to share a brief verbal picture of springtime in my home away from home. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.