05 March 2014

Intimation of Spring

Each February I clip Forsythia branches and bring them into the house,
placing them in warm water and then waiting patiently
as I fool Mother Nature.

This year was no different,
and the cheer its sunny yellow blossoms brought indoors
was a tremendous blessing amidst all the snow and wind
and icy rain and bitterly cold temperatures
that circled the cottage like hungry wolves.

As the weeks progressed and the flowers wilted,
I managed to save a few small stalks
to place on the kitchen window sill.

 What a pleasure it is to peer out at the dormant garden
through these golden branches!

Soon the house will be surrounded by a variety of flowers sporting
pink and lavender, blue and white, and golden blossoms,
shaded by a canopy of greenery overhead.

But for now, there is a little hint of that color,
and a tiny glimpse of spring, inside these walls.

Carry on.


  1. I'm so glad you have a bit of cheery springtime to gaze at on your windowsill! I don't have forsythia, but I envy those who do around town. The bloom started a couple of weeks ago.

    1. It really does lift one's spirits, Jacqueline!