Thursday, March 11, 2010

When Early March Seems Middle May

Charlotte Mason writes, "Never be within doors when you can rightly be without." With this warm weather, we've tried taking her advice. We'll see how it goes with the week of rain expected!

When Early March Seems Middle May

When country roads begin to thaw
In mottled spots of damp and dust,
And fences by the margin draw
    Along the frosty crust
Their graphic silhouettes, I say,
The Spring is coming round this way

When coughs are changed to laughs, and when
Our frowns melt into smiles of glee,

 And all our blood thaws out again
    In streams of ecstasy,
And poets wreak their roundelay,
The Spring is coming round this way.

by James Whitcombe Riley


MomCO3 said...

We had an interesting discussion at our Bible study this week-- when God touches something ordinary, does it make that something extraordinary-- something more than it would have been?-- or does he restore that something to its pre-fall nature?
I liked the poem, too. Enjoy your spring.

Amy said...

What a good conversation. I think it's both :-) Its extraordinary as the "world is charged with the Grandeur of God" but often the fall masks our ability to see the beauty or our sin actually contributes to marring His Work. I like that idea b/c it places us as participants in His work of redeeming creation.
Hope to start planting soon. I've never had much success with starting indoors, but we've never used artificial light so the seedlings often get moldy and spindly. Love an update or tips from you!

Barbara said...

I love the poem and that line from Gerard Manley Hopkins is one of my favorites. I often think of him when I see the hawk flying around our neighborhood.

My kids have been loving the warmer temps too! Every afternoon they're out in the yard. Ted found a woolly bear yesterday.

Amy said...

Now it's back to rain and feels like Early March again :-)


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