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an Alchemist on Easter


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an Alchemist on Easter 4/12/2020

Nothing says rebirth like Moss-
covered rocks he says

Why the hurry
to roll them away

to distinguish between
a resurrection

of the flesh and
the Cherry Tree’s rebirth

whose roots have split the 
Stone in order to feed

Spring’s short 
lived blossoms.

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An interesting concept, and a subtle, delicate, haiku-like feel--I like it!

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I did a little reading on alchemy and was led to this: Alchemy in Art and Entertainment. My level of erudition on the subject is still too low to comment meaningfully, but it seems you're in good company. 

I do get the gist of the poem. Nicely done!


Here is a link to an index of my works on this site: tonyv's Member Archive topic

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Tony, cool link! While the details of alchemy are complex, the basic metaphor is very simple--it's about near-magical transformation. I did some research on it myself when I was writing a sonnet with an extended metaphor of lover as alchemist, trying to transform her beloved into human "gold." (As in the alchemists' experiments toward this end, the poet's effort was futile!) I suspect that the basic metaphor is all you need to know here, though only Juris could say for sure.

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Hey Juris,  I have to say, this short piece made total sense to me and I loved it.   Resurrection is of course at the core of yesterday's "holy day".  Your poem celebrates every day of spring as "holy days".   What is more holy than God's creation?   This was focused, concrete and optimistic.   


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~~ © ~~ Poems by Judi Van Gorder ~~

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