Sunday, March 20, 2011

More Signs of Spring

Glorious sunshine graced part of my day. As I walked home from church, I took these photos of beautiful spring flowers to share with you.



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




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44 comments:

The Professor's Wife said...

You have such an eye for beauty!

Diane said...

All these little flowers are so colourful and pretty. We need cheering up after the winter and this post is doing just that. Thanks, Diane

January Zelene said...

Those tiny flowers are very colorful and beautiful..

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 gmirage said...

I list crocus in my top ten fave flowers to photograph! They're beautiful whichever color...I've yet to see a saffron crocus though...I guess they are only cultivated and won't grow just anywhere.

Have a lovely week!

Unknown said...

small but lovely, indeed. what a way to grace spring:)

i am a follower here.

Clavel said...

blue flowers are very rare here in the phils., tnx for sharing...
clavs

Jan said...

Penny, glad you spotted these lovely flowers, and had your camera handy. They don't grow here as it is too warm. They are such a stunning colour and to think they come up and flower so quickly when it warms up a little. Beautiful poem too.
Hugs, jan

Candace said...

Your flowers are just lovely! I wish it looked like that around here. We are expecting snow today. yuk! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for your nice comment! Have a great week, Candace

SmilingSally said...

Thanks for sharing your blue flowers.

Happy Blue Monday, Joy.

Bossy Betty said...

Yeah Spring! And what beautiful flowers!!!

Chubskulit Rose said...

Gorgeous photos to start the week!

My Mellow Yellow, come and see. have a nice day!

clairz said...

Lovely photos, and I love the way you sandwiched in the stanzas of the poem.

Donnie said...

So pretty and a lovely poem.

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh wow, what beautiful pictures and poem!!!
XO

EG CameraGirl said...

It's such a joy to see all these lovely blossoms!

Penelope Notes said...

Looks like this was a pretty path to wander. Flowers that return year after year lighten the heart and give hope in new beginnings.

Deborah Kay at The Paint Splash said...

Oh I am so anxious for my flowers to bloom! They are saying light snow again and the buds are on so I hope they are wrong! Blessings, Debbie

Marice said...

lovely flowers indeed! :)

LV said...

Those are such lovely blue flowers. I have never had them. I will have to check them out around here.

annies home said...

beautiful and one of my favorite signs of early spring come see my entry at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

Kim, USA said...

Crocus is so pretty very tiny and colorful! Thanks for the visit!
Cardinal

genny said...

lovely shots. happy BM!

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yobib said...

oh nice flowers right there!!

niko said...

those are all gorgeous flowers!!

La said...

Thank you for sharing such wonderful photos of spring's beauty. I'd never read this poem before. I love it!

Colleen said...

Dearest Joyful, you have no idea how much good it does my heart to see such springlike beauty!:) Thank you! I am just wondering if winter will ever go away and you've helped convince me it will.:)
Lovely poem as well!

Have a beautiful day today! Thanks for making me dream of warmer days!:)

Rekha said...

These are beautiful pictures and meaningful words to go with them....thanks for visiting.

Linnea said...

Blue and yellow are such complimentary colors. Your signs of spring are lovely! Thanks for stopping by!

Fifi Flowers said...

SPRINGtime is the BEST!!!

Gerald (SK14) said...

It seems spring has finally sprung

A Gardner's Cottage said...

Love the spring flowers! What a blessing they are. Isn't God good!

Nancy

Only Prettier said...

love this the pics

Kilauea Poetry said...

I enjoyed this..what a pretty series of flowers!! The words are a breath of Spring~

Joyful said...

Thank you everyone for your kind comments. I have now visited everyone back and left a comment on your blogs. Happy blogging and happy weekend!

Joyful said...

Blue and yellow are such complimentary colors. Your signs of spring are lovely! Thanks for stopping by!

Joyful said...

Thank you for sharing such wonderful photos of spring's beauty. I'd never read this poem before. I love it!

Joyful said...

oh nice flowers right there!!

Joyful said...

Crocus is so pretty very tiny and colorful! Thanks for the visit!
Cardinal

Joyful said...

lovely flowers indeed! :)

Joyful said...

It's such a joy to see all these lovely blossoms!

Joyful said...

Very pretty!

My Blue, hope to see you. Thank you!

Joyful said...

Penny, glad you spotted these lovely flowers, and had your camera handy. They don't grow here as it is too warm. They are such a stunning colour and to think they come up and flower so quickly when it warms up a little. Beautiful poem too.
Hugs, jan

Joyful said...

small but lovely, indeed. what a way to grace spring:)

i am a follower here.

Joyful said...

Those tiny flowers are very colorful and beautiful..

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