Monday, February 20, 2012

First Sign Of Spring

Though calender Spring is still a month away, the appearance of these crocuses amid the dried brown of the leaves in my yard have me anxiously anticipating it's arrival.  It suddenly feels so close!

So pretty and cheerful; they even inspired me to seek out some poetry.  I came across this one by Harriett Eleanor Hamilton-King (1840 - 1920) aptly titled ~

The Crocus

Out of the frozen earth below,
Out of the melting of the snow,
No flower, but a film, I push to light;
No stem, no bud, — yet I have burst
The bars of winter, I am the first,
O Sun, to greet thee out of the night!

Bare are the branches, cold is the air,
Yet it is fire at the heart I bear,
I come, a flame that is fed by none:
The summer hath blossoms for her delight,
Thick and dewy and waxen-white,
Thou seest me golden, O golden Sun!

Deep in the warm sleep underground
Life is still, and the peace profound:
Yet a beam that pierced, and a thrill that smote
Call'd me and drew me from far away; —
I rose, I came, to the open day
Have won, unshelter'd, alone, remote.

No bee strays out to greet me at morn,
I shall die ere the butterfly is born,
I shall hear no note of the nightingale;
The swallow will come at the break of green,

He will never know that I have been
Before him here when the world was pale.

They will follow, the rose with the thorny stem,
The hyacinth stalk, — soft airs for them;
They shall have strength, I have but love:
They shall not be tender as I, —
Yet I fought here first, to bloom, to die,
To shine in his face who shines above.
O Glory of heaven, O Ruler of morn,
O Dream that shap'd me, and I was born
In thy likeness, starry, and flower of flame;
I lie on the earth, and to thee look up,
Into thy image will grow my cup,
Till a sunbeam dissolve it into the same.

Have you seen any early signs of Spring?  I would love to hear!

xoxo, Anita


  1. Lots of snowdrops here. If there's some sunshine tomorrow I'll take a snap.

    1. I'd love to see them; I hope that the sun comes out!

  2. What a lovely color! When I was in foggy No Cal, I saw some daffodil tips popping up. Lots of good memories. One of the blessings of a cold winter is the beautiful flowers of spring. I look forward to seeing your spring as it progresses
    Our citrus trees are just on the verge of flowering, an event that makes me swoon every year. If there was some way I could capture that scent and store it, I would.

  3. Funnily enough they've peeked through our lawn in the last couple of days! I've been told I'm tackling the garden this week so I'll try and take pictures! x


Dear friends,
Thank you for taking the time to comment! ! I want this to be a space of free and open dialog, within the boundaries of respect and basic human kindness. Whether we are in agreement or not, all comments will be published so long as they meet that requirement.
xo, Anita