Sue’s poem, “Beneath the Cherry Trees” was recorded by Olivia de Havilland in 2015 in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Marshfield Missouri Cherry Blossom Festival. Olivia de Havilland was a 2013 recipient of the Hubble Medal of Initiative at the Marshfield Cherry Blossom Festival. To learn more about the festival please visit www.cherryblossomfest.com
You can listen to it below.
Beneath the Cherry Trees
A young man returned from Washington with a dream to share
Of cherry trees in blossom; blooming everywhere.
A place to entertain, those echoes from the past
A time to gather history and traditions that would last
The people came together in this little country town
A busy little village where love and faith abound
They planted trees along with dreams of what someday would be
Harvesting a bounty they could not foresee
You might recognize the name, but maybe not the face
In remembrance of all who made this world a better place
From authors to astronomers, munchkins to musicians
We gather here together so we can learn and listen
From Lassie’s pal to Barney’s gal and presidential kin
They all share their stories as we remember when.
Come along and take a stroll along life’s memory lane
And reminisce of names engraved on the Walk of Fame
Like returning robins on an April breeze
We will meet in springtime beneath the cherry trees
Sue Price Ikerd
March 4, 2012
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