Thursday, February 7, 2008

Spring Is Coming . . . .

Early February, the very heart of winter for most of us. For me, Spring is only a week or two away, but where many of you live, I suspect the winter hasn't yet had its say.

It is coming, as surely as the sun will rise tomorrow Spring is coming.

It is coming where you live, it is coming where I live, and mostly, it is coming in Washington.

Look forward to it, and welcome it.


Nothing is so beautiful as spring—
When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;
Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush
Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring
The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing;
The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush
The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush
With richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.

What is all this juice and all this joy?
A strain of the earth’s sweet being in the beginning
In Eden garden.—Have, get, before it cloy,
Before it cloud, Christ, lord, and sour with sinning,
Innocent mind and Mayday in girl and boy,
Most, O maid’s child, thy choice and worthy the winning
Gerard Manley Hopkins

I thought this was appropriate for our anticipation of Spring. Hopkins takes a bit of energy to read, to absorb.

It will take a bit of energy to get through our winter, but Spring is coming, it is surely coming.


Anne said...

A crocus! How lovely. In my Chicago days I always looked forward to seeing the first purple crocus poke through the snow. Out here in sunny California, the daffodils are about to bloom.

I can't wait for spring in Washington. Something tells me the cherry blossoms will be that much more beautiful next year.

Brave Sir Robin said...

I am impressed that you recognized the crocus!

You know, I searched and searched for a daffodil poking through the snow, but i couldn't find one.

And yes, the Cherry blossoms will be beautiful next year, and smell oh so sweet.

Robin said...

We hit 75 degrees this week after a month of 30's. I hope this is for real. Haven't seen the crocuses in our neighborhood yet, so probably not.

Brave Sir Robin said...

Robin, you're in North Carolina?

Robin said...

Yep, land of everchanging weather.