Jo Ann reminded us that “Writing is our work and our passion, but let’s face it: most of us can’t write all day long.” But I have to admit, at this moment, after all the snow and all the politics, the one thing I need now is spring. I need a break from the cold, and the shoveling, and the wind shrilling through my chimney. I need time off from raking snow off my roof, and scraping ice off my windshield. I need some flowers and color and hope for better days.
So, here is some spring, as we wait for our own spring:
The sun just touched the morning;
The morning, happy thing,
Supposed that he had come to dwell,
And life would be all spring. -Emily Dickinson
Spring work is going on with joyful enthusiasm.
-- John Muir (Wilderness World of John Muir)
That is one good thing about this world...there are always sure to be more springs. - L.M. Montgomery (Anne of Avonlea)
A Robin said: The Spring will never come,
And I shall never care to build again.
A Rosebush said: These frosts are wearisome,
My sap will never stir for sun or rain.
The half Moon said: These nights are fogged and slow,
I neither care to wax nor care to wane.
The Ocean said: I thirst from long ago,
Because earth's rivers cannot fill the main. —
When Springtime came, red Robin built a nest,
And trilled a lover's song in sheer delight.
Grey hoarfrost vanished, and the Rose with might
Clothed her in leaves and buds of crimson core.
The dim Moon brightened. Ocean sunned his crest,
Dimpled his blue, yet thirsted evermore.--Christina Rossetti
When the groundhog casts his shadow,
And the small birds sing,
And the pussywillows happen
And the sun shines warm,
And when the peepers peep,
Then it is Spring.
-- Margaret Wise Brown
It always amazes me to look at the little, wrinkled brown seeds and think of the rainbows in 'em," said Captain Jim. "When I ponder on them seeds I don't find it nowise hard to believe that we've got souls that'll live in other worlds. You couldn't hardly believe there was life in them tiny things, some no bigger than grains of dust, let alone colour and scent, if you hadn't seen the miracle, could you?
-- L.M. Montgomery (Anne’s House of Dreams)
Wishing you a happy Spring!
(All photos by Pixabay)