Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Is it Spring?

(For readers accessing via their phones the following is written in poetry form...
...in truth, the above message is for my son as his reader doesn't show up line returns!)

Meteorological Spring I

Each March-time it comes as a shivery shock
To be told that it’s Spring once again.
The wind has a bite like an angered guard dog
And the forecast says snowfall, not rain.

But if Spring starts in March then I think it quite strange, the way
Summer time starts in mid June.
Because June also hosts England’s Midsummer’s day
Which means Autumn will come along soon.

Then the flowers will fade and the birds will take flight,
Clich├ęd mellow mists turn to hoar frost.
We’ll be plunged into Winter, the month of no light
With another year’s hopes and dreams lost.

(To those who have told me off for giving it a negative ending, it rhymes with frost and besides, there are always a few hopes and dreams not realised when the chimes ring out for the new year!)

View from the kitchen window


Meteorological Spring II

How can it be Spring?
The wind’s biting harder than a grisly guard dog.
My toes are tender red,
My fingers pinched white.
Who says blossom is ready to burst?
I see no bulging buds – only bare bone branches.
The meteorologists must have got it wrong.
It’s too soon for Spring.


This year’s Meteorological Spring was on 1st March.


19 comments:

  1. I have catkins on my lovely curly hazel tree, if that's any help? But I do agree, it's still bloody cold!!

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    1. Indeed it is bloody cold, even for those of us who haven't just returned from warmer climes. I'm snuggling up to the radiator in my writing den as I type this!

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  2. Here in Florida, it seems to go from Summer to Winter every other day. I hope we get Spring weather here. It usually skips right to a hot and humid Summer.

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    1. It does that here in the UK as well, Shelly, except we don't then get the hot humid bit!

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  3. the tulips are coming up at the Dallas arboretum as we expect to have another sleet storm tonight. I think the term spring is very subjective. Stay warm.

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    1. Hope your sleet storm didn't materialise. You stay warm too, Joanne.

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  4. Hi Ros .. England is divided into two - well Britain p'rhaps - it's warmish down here .. and we do have buds - but yesterday said wind was chilly ... but warming up. Those old almanac peoples did know what they were talking about ... but I agree it seems strange to us ... the days are lighter and that makes the earth move ...

    This weekend looks to be better .. and it's another sunny day here ... enjoy - those buds will be budding soon .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Well we're back to winter here this morning. Funny old thing, weather. Take care, Hilary.

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  5. I much prefer to think about the astronomical spring starting on March 20th. Hopefully it will be a lot warmer by then. However I looked in my (small) walled garden today to see how things were growing-prompted by your poems Rosalind.. The rosemary is coming into bloom; yellow crocuses are out; a couple of daffodils are trying their best and the hyacinths are poking their heads out of the ground. Spring is definitely on the way. Petra.

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    1. I agree with you. The astronomical spring makes more sense. Your walled garden sounds lovely, Petra.

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  6. I think they are telling porky pies, its still winter here.

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    1. Me too, Maria. I'm wearing leggings under my skirt today to keep warm!

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    2. I haven't been out for weeks, but I open the window and stick my head out every now and again.
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  7. Two wonderful poems in one post! I hope you get some springlike weather soon. It just doesn't seem right that we're going to turn the clocks back this weekend when there's still snow on the ground.

    Julie

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    1. Thank you, Julie. I do enjoy writing these poems :-) Thankfully we don't turn the clocks back yet in the UK...do we?! I hope not! Oh, better go and check!

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  8. I love your liens Ros. We have snowdrops in the garden and the crocuses are budding too even although we had snow at the beginning of the week.

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  9. The first poem I found somewhat sad especially the ending. Personally I enjoy each season of the year with the hopes and pleasure that each bring. Even in winter I am aware of what is waiting under the ground to "spring" up when the time is ready. How sad it would be to live in a country where there were no seasons and all merged into one.

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  10. I agree..it seems sill for Spring to involve freezing weather ( snow a couple of years ago).I'm sure seasons were different when I was growing up! I blame the government.

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  11. Lovely poems but I have seen some bulging buds and the crocus at the Botanical Gardens are a sure reminder that Spring is here even if that icy wind is trying to persuade us otherwise!

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