The pomegranate collects the sun’s rays
And crafts the sweetest rubies,
Meanwhile, the shining sun rains down its beams
On gentle streams and placid pools.
As creatures frolic on the verdant fields,
A lark sings from the rustling trees;
And high above, rushing cataracts flow
Into clear meandering streams.
Gazing as I lie deep within the shade
Of a young pomegranate tree,
Each resplendent sight greets me like a dream —
A dream from which I must soon wake.
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The featured image is “Dreaming” (1860) by Jozef Israëls (1824-1911) and is in the public domain, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.