Hilda Conkling: Cherries are ripe

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Charles-Amable Lenoir - Portrait of a young girl with cherries - from  Wikimedia CommonsCharles-Amable Lenoir – Portrait of a young girl with cherries – from Wikimedia Commons

June is coming, with sun and red fruits… it is thus time for a joyous little piece by Hilda Conkling (1910–1986), written when she was aged between 7 and 9, and published in 1920 in Poems by a Little Girl.

Étienne-Adolphe Piot - Girl with cherries - from iamachild.wordpress.comÉtienne-Adolphe Piot – Girl with cherries – from iamachild.wordpress.com

CHERRIES ARE RIPE

The cherry tree is red now;
Cherry tree nods his red head
And calls to the sun:
Let down the birds out of the sky;
Send home the birds to build nests in my arms,
For I am ready to feed them.
There is a little girl coming for cherries too . . .

(I am that little girl, I who am singing . . .)
She is coming with hair flying!
The butterflies will be going
(says the cherry)
For it is…

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