The shy flowers of spring

Posted: April 29, 2014 in Nature, Poetry, Quotes
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Spring has been a long time coming in the Chicago area, but one day I looked out and the grass was green, daffodils were open and, at least some days, the air was warm.  Today we went for a walk in a nearby park, one of many in the Chicago metropolitan area, and looking carefully, I spied some delicate signs that spring is really here.

“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.”
~Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

Our path, turned into a pencil sketch courtesy of Picasa 3

Our path, turned into a pencil sketch courtesy of Picasa 3

 Spring has sprung, the grass has riz.  I wonder where the flowers is.

photo 3(38)

“Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world.”
~Virgil Kraft

photo 4(27)

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

photo 5(16)

“Is the spring coming?” he said. “What is it like?”…
“It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…”
~Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

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[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

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




balloonMan          whistles
  1. Janet, what a beautiful post. You are so attuned to nature and the ‘music of the spheres’. You know the Earth by heart! Thank you for a heavenly start to the day. Peace and blessings to you.

    • Michele, it’s so good to see you again. I hope things are going well for you. I’m happy my post could start your day off well. It was fun to look out over the park and see mostly brown from last fall, but the grass was growing and these small flowers were nestling along the way. What a joy! God does good work. 🙂


  2. giberson9 says:

    That’s beautiful Janet! Thanks for brightening the drab and rainy morning here in NJ!

  3. thirdeyemom says:

    Beautiful! We have no signs of spring here in Minneapolis not even leaves! Only the birds are singing in the cold slushy rain. Hoping for spring someday soon!!!

  4. AnnIsikArts says:

    I LOVE the Hemingway. He put into words exactly what I feel – especially about people! Great spring quotes and the ee poem. All perfect. Ann

    • Thanks, Ann. I’m always glad when something I post strikes a chord with a reader. I’ve loved that ee poem for a long time and realized this was the perfect opportunity to share it.


  5. It is such a relief to start seeing flowers again. It felt as though winter would never end, and it really does still cling around here. Everything is starting to bloom and blossom so late this year… I’m just happy that you can share a bit of that beauty with us here. 🙂

    • Hannah, knowing how much you love winter (cough, cough), I’m glad I can share some spring and even happier to here that spring is finally reaching you, however late. I feel the same way about the flowers. The grass is green, growing and needs mowing badly!


  6. gapark says:

    One of my favorite e.e. cummings poems. Yay! Gail

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