Spring Sunshine

Posted: May 23, 2017 in Poetry
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Spring Sunshine

I position my chair in the sunlight streaming through the front window,
the rest of the house behind me
chill in its winter-to-spring transition.

The heat soaks into my grey fleece top
gradually seeping its welcome way through my skin,
into my bones and the center of my body.

Bushes bow slightly before the wind,
waiting to shed their winter bareness for the new growth of spring,
each bare, brown sword-branch tipped with green.

On the porch, a chipmunk overlooks the buttery daffodils and fragile narcissus
ever so slowly raising their rain-battered heads
from soaked obeisance into erect beauty.

Two goldfinches swoop down, perching in the largest bush,
tiny bird-lanterns heralding the start of another Saturday
as a cloud ship moves regally through the sky ocean.


Š janet m. webb

  1. Suzanne says:

    Your poem really captures the lovely warmth of early spring. It sounds like you live in a wonderful environment. It must be great to see chipmunks for real – I only know them from the cartoons.

    • Thanks, Suzanne. We live in a suburb of Chicago so in a rather large metropolitan area, but one with lots of green spaces and parks. Chipmunks are very cute…unless they’re digging holes in your garden, eating flowers/veggies, etc. 🙂


  2. Su Leslie says:

    Lovely photo Janet, and beautifully evocative words to accompany it.

  3. Beautiful photo and poem. 🙂 We had upper 80’s last week and this week we’re back in the 40-50 range.

    • We’re a bit the same, although it’s supposed to be in the 60’s today with more rain. Thankfully, I got all my flowers in yesterday (not all that many, but I had to reclaim the garden from scores of tenacious weeds and other plants), so I shouldn’t have to water them. Must look at the bright side! 🙂


  4. Dan Antion says:

    Beautiful capture and very nice words to go along with it. Nicely done, Janet.

  5. Joanne Sisco says:

    Love the poetry, love the photo!

    • Love the comment, Joanne. 🙂 Thanks very much. I was just telling Dan that it takes a bit of work to get a good goldfinch shot, but it’s worth the effort. They’re such beauties when they’re yellow.


  6. Beautiful poem, and Goldfinch to go with them!

  7. you’ve caught the feeling with your poem. Now we must soak up that sun for hard to believe; in only 4 more weeks we will begin our journey away from it once again.

    • Wow, Holly, thanks for raining on my parade! 🙂 I’m enjoying the long days, jut not all the rain we’ve been having and the clouds blocking that sun. Thanks for stopping and commenting as well.


      • sorry for raining on your parade, Janet, i woke in a murky mood. Maybe when the sun comes out here i’ll rein-in more cheerfully!

      • Holly, I understand. We’ve had plenty gloom this spring and that can make it difficult to feel positive and cheerful. 🙂 I hope you see that sunshine soon. In the meantime, feel free to look at that sunshine yellow goldfinch as much as need be!

  8. JT Twissel says:

    A breath of Springtime! But a smile on my face. Thx.

  9. A lovely duo that expresses spring’s fancy.

  10. Beautiful poem and gorgeous photo.

  11. de Wets Wild says:

    Such brilliant colours described in a brilliant fashion, Janet!

  12. joey says:

    Amazing shot! 🙂 Such a pretty bird and pretty words!

  13. There are no adequate words to respond to such beauty… You’ve painted a dreamscape with your prose, so clearly that I could close my eyes and imagine myself there. Amazing.

  14. Madhu says:

    “…raising their rain-battered heads, from soaked obeisance into erect beauty” How beautiful! Your poem is so evocative of the bright promise of spring.

    • Many thanks, Madhu. Right now, we’re still waiting for the bright part, because for the last days it’s been grey and rainy. On the plus side, I haven’t had to worry about watering the garden and when the sun does come back, it will be even more appreciated.


  15. love your “tiny bird lantern” expression – gold finches are such jewels. I always enjoy seeing them return in the spring.

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