Hope Springs

14 Feb

This morning in the merry, merry wood

The trees with laughter shook.

They’s seen old Winter hobble past

A-leaning on his crook.

The crocus called good-bye to him

And the violet from her nook,

For Spring is here in shoes of green

Everywhere I look.

Our grade eight vocal ensemble sang this madrigal in three-part harmony. It was the late 70’s so I doubt any recordings remain, but the lyrics spoke loudly to me this weekend, from decades long past.

I had stepped out my back door to take out the trash, when my eye caught sight of something unexpected.


What was the source of that splash of green under the leaf debris? Upon closer inspection, my hopes were realized.


The daffodils are coming up!

It has been a hard winter. Unexpected snow and ice had us miss 10 days of school. Last week, we had torrential downpours that have caused landslides. The weekend gave us sunshine and you could feel the hearts of the city rise.

Saturday, as I took Lucy for a longer walk that we’ve had in a while, I heard birdsong. Actual birdsong! I hadn’t realized how long it had been since I had heard anything other than the cawing of crows. My heart swelled with this mellifluous sound.

I know we are in for more rain, and true Spring is still a few weeks off, but this little foretaste of Spring has put a spring in my step and a smile on my face.

8 Responses to “Hope Springs”

  1. Lisa Orchard February 14, 2017 at 5:47 am #

    Love your pics! Spring is coming! 🙂

  2. newtreemom February 14, 2017 at 6:20 am #

    Hooray for daffodils! And isn’t it sweet for words memorized long-ago to come back to mind?

  3. the purple lady 💜 (@th_purpl_lady) February 14, 2017 at 6:52 am #

    I love it when the bulbs get to popping out! Spring is such a wondrous season!

  4. arjeha February 14, 2017 at 10:15 am #

    Our daffodils are poking their heads up out of the ground as well. I can see buds on our lilac tree. Even though we have not had much snow (thankfully) here let’s bring on Spring. I am ready.

  5. terierrol February 14, 2017 at 11:31 am #

    Your post is so encouraging! We are just getting our douse of winter and snow and a day off. I love Spring – can’t wait!

  6. aggiekesler February 14, 2017 at 3:12 pm #

    You can feel the enthusiasm and excitement in your voice! As someone who doesn’t love the cold, I can imagine how you are feeling. Hope Spring and warmer weather comes soon!

  7. wahooteacher February 14, 2017 at 3:54 pm #

    I love your connection with the lyrics and the weather! We’ve had really unseasonable weather in Virginia, so for me, it’s been strange to have 70 degree temperatures in February:)

  8. Brian Rozinsky February 14, 2017 at 7:10 pm #

    Thanks for passing on these uplifting verses, words, and pictures. Just the things for today!

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