Sunday, March 16, 2008

Picture of the Day: Harbinger of Spring

After I took my dad out to lunch, today, I took a minute to take a couple of pictures of flowers that usher in spring: crocuses.


Spring is full of hope and an opportunity for renewal, redemption, and transformation.

THE CROCUS
Harriet Beecher Stowe

Beneath the sunny autumn sky,
With gold leaves dropping round,
We sought, my little friend and I,
The consecrated ground,
Where, calm beneath the holy cross,
O'ershadowed by sweet skies,
Sleeps tranquilly that youthful form,
Those blue unclouded eyes.

Around the soft, green swelling mound
We scooped the earth away,
And buried deep the crocus-bulbs
Against a coming day.
"These roots are dry, and brown, and sere;
Why plant them here?" he said,
"To leave them, all the winter long,
So desolate and dead."

"Dear child, within each sere dead form
There sleeps a living flower,
And angel-like it shall arise
In spring's returning hour."
Ah, deeper down cold, dark, and chill
We buried our heart's flower,
But angel-like shall he arise
In spring's immortal hour.

In blue and yellow from its grave
Springs up the crocus fair,
And God shall raise those bright blue eyes,
Those sunny waves of hair.
Not for a fading summer's morn,
Not for a fleeting hour,
But for an endless age of bliss,
Shall rise our heart's dear flower.

3 comments:

Captain America said...

I can't wait a few weeks to go!

Mrs Grim said...

I just checked and my tulips and daffodils are about 4 inches high. My bluebells are starting as well.

I love it when my azealeas (sp?) bloom around the beginning of May.

RT said...

C/A
A few days to go! Wooo hooo! (Well, yeah, a few weeks until it really warms up.)

Mrs. Grim
I LOVE tulips! They are so pretty. One day, if I ever have a house, I plan on bombing my backyard with them.