So Much of Spring




I never saw so much of Spring
as I see now. The tender willow
turning amber. The nightengale,
the sparrow in the heavens raving.

The moon behind the spider
making web, now blotted out by
geese in trumpet, home again,
home again, home to spring.

The toad has found his roadside.
            Butterflies are jumping
from cocoons, ants and crickets
share the bush and every truth of
this sweet season.

The moon is now a pearl, a cloud
its shell, as in the tall bamboo and
reed cicadas sing
            in four party harmony.

I think the older seasons envy
spring and well they should. The
roses are not blood-red or purple
in extreme.   A subtle pink, a lazy
lavender, no single petal scorched
by sun.   All things al dente,

How is it that in all my years I never
saw this much of Spring? To think
I once believed that tenderness
              lay underfoot of Autumn.
I am the aging sparrow’s twin
suffering from ill attention, as all
souls concentrate on April things.


Rod McKuen (unpublished)


16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Duckie
    May 02, 2009 @ 21:52:11

    What a glorious time of year. New life!!!!!!!!!!!


  2. Tracey
    May 02, 2009 @ 21:58:45

    April is a month of wonder indeed. l feel the author is speaking from my own thoughts lol. l also did not notice spring in my youth as alertly as l note it now.Beautiful post Rhonda.


  3. Kimmy
    May 02, 2009 @ 21:58:51

    Ahhhh brilliant words here! Spring brings forth the goodness in the world don\’t you think?


  4. Brett
    May 02, 2009 @ 22:37:07

    Wow ! Enjoyed this very much Rhonda,very nice.Have a great evening.Peace.~ Piggy ~


  5. Lady Jude
    May 02, 2009 @ 23:27:51

    Must be spring in your part of the world. We have Autumn over here and I\’m getting ready for the winter ahead. Have a lovely day. Hugs Lady Jude


  6. Sue
    May 02, 2009 @ 23:39:54

    Lovely words beautiful picHope your having a great day RhondaTake careSue


  7. Lisa ♥
    May 03, 2009 @ 00:23:47

    We finally have Spring. Im so happy about that . Its keeping me going at times. I can get ouside more and the days are longer . So much more daylight. Beautiful Beautiful Blog Rhonda. Hugs


  8. Dianne
    May 03, 2009 @ 01:02:23

    Loved reading and gazing at these beautiful pictures that tell the story of spring. Yes spring is in the air. 🙂 Thinking of you and Emma and hope you both are enjoying the warmer days and sunshine. Hope you are both well and over your sickness.Hugs , Dianne 🙂


  9. Happy
    May 03, 2009 @ 01:20:00

    Loveliness of Spring so gently captured. Thanks for post & really find graphics so suit words. Beautiful. Thank-you.


  10. Princess
    May 03, 2009 @ 03:37:33

    Lovely post, beautiful pics. Hope u have a lovely day 2day, Luv PF XXX


  11. Beth
    May 03, 2009 @ 08:24:23

    Very nice. I love the words and the pictures.


  12. Sherry
    May 03, 2009 @ 08:32:18

    Have a nice day Rhonda! Great poem.


  13. Terry
    May 03, 2009 @ 08:47:14

    That was beautiful. Have nice day.


  14. Patsy
    May 03, 2009 @ 13:14:40

    Hi sweetie, enjoyed this. Hope all is well and thanks for leaving me such beautiful pictures in my guest book. I\’ve got to learn how to do that and your space I just adore with all the Victorian stuff. Beautiful site for a beautiful person. Have a good week. Hugs, Pat


  15. Unknown
    May 04, 2009 @ 00:24:06

    Everything looks so dead looking in the winter and then…..things start coming back to life. It\’s like it gives hope of a new beginning every spring. Spring also means having longer daylight hours. I like the warm, mild weather. (not too hot or cold) I like the smells in the air (fresh cut grass, tilled earth, blooming flowers, etc.) I like being able to open up my windows to let fresh air in the house. I like firing up the grill. I like knowing summer is almost here. Bikini weather! :o)


  16. Here I Am
    May 08, 2009 @ 14:55:10

    These words so express my new sense of seeing spring as well.. Thanks for sharing


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