Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Signs of Spring

Robin's here in coat of brown,
And scarlet breast-knot gay.
         --William Allingham

Today was again warm and sunny,
and right on cue, a robin appeared
in the backyard.
Since robins sometimes winter here,
I didn't want to make a rush to judgment
about spring's early arrival.

Yet, later when I was walking,
I was surprised to see yellow dandelions 
popping up in the grass.
And I really started to think 
we may be finally coming out from winter's shadow.
And it seems Emily Dickinson felt the same way:

The dandelion's pallid tube
Astonishes the grass
And winter instantly becomes
An infinite alas.

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