A Seed by William Allingham

A Seed

by William Allingham

See how a Seed, which Autumn flung down,
And through the Winter neglected lay,
Uncoils two little green leaves and two brown,
With tiny root taking hold on the clay.
As, lifting and strengthening day by day,
It pushes red branchless, sprouts new leaves,
And cell after cell the Power in it weaves.
Out of the storehouse of soil and clime,
To fashion a Tree in due course of time;
Tree with rough bark and boughs’ expansion,
Where the Crow can build his mansion,
Or a Man, in some new May,
Lie under whispering leaves and say,
“Are the ills of one’s life so very bad
When a Green Tree makes me deliciously glad?”
As I do now.

But where shall I be
When this little Seed is a tall green Tree?


Here is a reading and an animation of the poem:

William Allingham – a seed

And since we talked about trees, seeds and flowers we went on to read another classical children’s poetry piece by Joyce Kimler, Trees


We’ve discussed similarities and differences in style, word picture and  feeling of he poem

–  Went to our garden — planting seeds and observing trees, flowers, grass — hey all come from seeds

–  A few weeks ago we ordered some new seeds for planting in the garden, I have put them in see-through small containers and we printed out photos of how the plant look like when it grows from the seed. Today they touched, studied and discussed these seeds.

— We red “The reason for a flower ” book by Ruth Heller — excellent book on how the flowers and other plants grow from the seeds, both children loved it and were able to read it a few times during the day

Poet Facts for children:

1. William Allingham was an Irish poet born in the beginning of 19th century

2. He was the son of the manager of a local bank, when of age he obtained a post in the custom-house of his native town and held several similar posts in Ireland and England until 1870, when he had retired from the service, and became sub-editor of Fraser’s Magazine