I must first apologize for my delay in opening up the poetry challenge, “A Light Exists in Spring.” I won’t bore you with excuses, but I hope to have the post up tomorrow.
I do want to give a little extra time anyhow because I noticed something odd about the version I copied here, from a book I considered authoritative. In the third stanza the rhyme scheme is broken – we have “tree” and “you.” My initial investigations (mostly just looking to see what others have posted online) didn’t solve my perplexity. Some have ‘you’ as I have; others have ‘me’ which rhymes, but I don’t know for certain that it’s what our poetess wrote. After all, if a great poetess wants to suddenly stop rhyming and then start again, she can, right? And who knows whether she pronounced her words differently enough that it somehow worked for her?
So for the purposes of this challenge, either ‘you’ or ‘me’ will be considered correct.
If anyone knows the story of the correct reading, let us know. I’ll see what I can turn up.