Poetry Friday

Outside my office window, our magnolia and pepper trees are bowing to the chilly Santa Ana winds. Suddenly I’m remembering a poem that I learned it in Sunday school Way Back When. 

“This poem’s about faith,” Sister Something-or-Another explained to her wriggling second-grade flock. “The Bible says no one has ever seen God, but we know He exists, just like we know the wind is there when we can’t see it.”  


As with most poetry, I think this poem’s open to interpretation. But on this windy Friday, the literal translation works just fine.

Who Has Seen the Wind?
Christina Rossetti

Who has seen the wind?
Neither I nor you:
But when the leaves hang trembling
The wind is passing thro’.

Who has seen the wind?
Neither you nor I:
But when the trees bow down their heads
The wind is passing by.

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  1. Apropos of nothing, I went to Roger’s Garden today & bought some Xmas presents. I wouldn’t have known about that place but for your journal entry last year. So thank you!

    • Yay! I love that you went to Roger’s Gardens and found presents for your loved ones. And it made me smile (laugh, actually) to know you found the place because of my embarrassing experience last year.

      Merry, Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

  2. Ha! I just read that very poem with my son. Have you been listening in on our poetry sessions? 😉

    Funny, I never thought of it in any way other than literally, but I can see it now. Though I like the literal interpretation, especially with that lovely photo.

    • That’s so great, Lorraine, that you read poetry with your son. That you read together, period, is fabulous. No doubt, those sessions will become some of your most treasured memories.

      I don’t believe there’s ever a “right” interpretation with poetry, but it’s sometimes fun to speculate.

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