My Spring

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The vernal equinox, also known as “Spring”, officially occurs today just before 6:00 pm EDT.

In the cold North, Spring comes in gradually.  Maybe it is because Winter is overstaying its time, and I watch more carefully to spot Spring’s coming, but every year I notice the small things that tell me that we are moving ever so slowly to the pleasant and fruitful days of the year.

Very Early Spring, Katherine Mansfield
The fields are snowbound no longer;
There are little blue lakes and flags of tenderest green.
The snow has been caught up into the sky–
So many white clouds–and the blue of the sky is cold.
Now the sun walks in the forest,
He touches the bows and stems with his golden fingers;
They shiver, and wake from slumber.
Over the barren branches he shakes his yellow curls.
Yet is the forest full of the sound of tears….
A wind dances over the fields.
Shrill and clear the sound of her waking laughter,
Yet the little blue lakes tremble
And the flags of tenderest green bend and quiver.

Perhaps the first thing I notice is sound.  The birds know that Spring is coming.

winter-spring

now winging selves sing sweetly
now winging selves sing sweetly,while ghosts(there
and here)of snow cringe;

dazed an earth shakes sleep
out of her brightening mind:now everywhere
space tastes of the amazement which is hope

gone are those hugest hours of dark and cold
when blood and flesh to inexistence bow
(all that was doubtful’s certain,timid’s bold;
old’s youthful and reluctant’s eager now)

anywhere upward somethings yearn and stir
piercing a tangled wrack of wishless known;
nothing is like this keen(who breathes us)air
immortal with the fragrance of begin

winter is over–now(for me and you,
darling!)life’s star prances the blinding blue

In my garden, forsythia is the promise of days to come.

Haiku Forsythia

Forsythia a
Burst of sunshine in barren
Wood announcing spring

Forsythia.x.intermedia03

The bulbs plants begin to bloom soon after, first the snowdrops, crocus and grape hyacinth, then the daffodils, and the tulips.  My mother once gave me a wonderful gift; she planted a spring bulb garden for me near my front door, so that I would see it each time I stepped outside. I looked forward to that each morning as I left for work.

crocus“Crocus”

When winter’s winds are on the wane
And sunshine warms young April days,
When snow gives way to slushy rain
The crocus springs anew.

While crouching ‘neath the frosty crust,
On tender bended stem it prays
To fend off one more crushing gust
And melt the frozen dew.

© 2013 Matt Forrest Esenwine

Have you ever noticed that one sunny day when you are driving or walking down your street there seems to be a green haze in the air, as the leaves unfurl?  Even though you have been waiting and watching for it, all of a sudden that day arrives!

First-Green-Of-Spring

[in Just-]

By E. E. Cummings

in Just-
spring          when the world is mud-
luscious the little
lame balloonman
whistles          far          and wee
and eddieandbill come
running from marbles and
piracies and it’s
spring
when the world is puddle-wonderful
the queer
old balloonman whistles
far          and             wee
and bettyandisbel come dancing
from hop-scotch and jump-rope and
it’s
spring
and
         the
                  goat-footed
balloonMan          whistles
far
and
wee
Live Oak among bluebonnets and paintbrush

For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.

Song Of Solomon 2:11-12

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35 Responses to My Spring

  1. Lucille says:

    It’s HERE…at long last….
    Frédéric Chopin – “Spring Waltz”

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  2. Lucille says:

    Beauty, flowers…beauty, sunshine…beauty, reacting to new growth both in the spring season and in ourselves…

    Liked by 4 people

  3. czarowniczy says:

    Spring’s not only here it’s working on Summer.High 70s for the next week an we have LEAVES! Area’s done greened up fast this year, even the new trees we’ve planted in the last few months are rooting and leafing out. Started working on the veggie garden today.

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  4. czarowniczy says:

    Almost forgot…I have a truck full of baled hay in the drive – now there’s a Spring smell.

    Liked by 4 people

  5. lovely says:

    Good morning beautiful people! I have a lot going on right now.

    Beautiful sad song.

    ***

    I am not totally out of the loop. I am totally enjoying this horrible human being’s fall from public grace.

    Ocasio-Cortez de-listed from board of Justice Democrats after controversy

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/ocasio-cortez-de-listed-from-board-of-justice-democrats-after-controversy

    ***

    It’s looking more and more true that the rumors that Ocasio used to steal other’s tips is likely true. From small time thief to politician…. from a chicken in every pot to a hand in every citizen’s pocket….the path of politicians is timeless.

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  6. WeeWeed says:

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  7. Menagerie says:

    My grandchildren were out this morning examining trees to spot buds and tiny leaves, although we have one tree with some good sized leaves already. Forsythia is done with flowers and leafing out now. But the kiddies still had to have their winter jackets on, it’ll be a few weeks probably until it gets warm here, and I actually hope we have some time yet before we get that southern heat.

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  8. czarina33 says:

    Thank you for the poetry! “in just spring” was one of my favorites since junior high school!

    Liked by 1 person

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