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Living Freshness
Jean Blewett


O freshness, living freshness of a day
In June! Spring scarce has gotten out of sight,
And not a stain of wear shows on the grass
Beneath our feet, and not a dead leaf calls,
"Our day of loveliness is past and gone!"
I found the thick wood steeped in pleasant smells,
The dainty ferns hid in their sheltered nooks;
The wild-flowers found the sunlight where they stood,
And some hid their white faces quite away,
While others lifted up their starry eyes
And seemed right glad to ruffle in the breeze.

This poem is in the public domain.


Jean McKishnie Blewett (1862 – 1934) was a Canadian author, journalist, and poet. Born as Mary Jane McKishnie, and occasionally writing under the pseudonym of Katherine Kent, Jean came from a literary family; her brother, sister, and cousin were all writers. Jean wrote four novels, three collections of poetry, and was an editor for the Toronto Daily Globe for many years. The town of Blewett, Saskatchewan, is said to be named after her.


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This poem describes the woods by my house this beautiful June morning! This poem is doing its job! Appreciate the bio!
Posted 06/03/2021 01:24 PM
What a lovely poem! Thank you, Jayne!
Posted 06/03/2021 12:39 PM
I lke the way she 'puts' things!!
Posted 06/03/2021 11:38 AM
Great line: "And some hid their white faces quite away," Fun!
Posted 06/03/2021 08:09 AM

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