A favourite from 2015
The birds are back with songs of Spring
Their tunes incite imagining
That Winter’s end will soon arrive
And living things shall haste to thrive
A Winter’s tail, how bittersweet!
Today it’s sun, tomorrow sleet
And wind to stop us in our tracks
And cold to freeze Spring-hungry backs
One day we feel a wave of hope
Warmed by our thoughts that we can cope
And then come gales of Winter still
And blizzards coat the windowsill
Hey, Winter! Do your level best
Your time is near to take a rest
For Lady Spring prepares to rule
She’ll thaw your ice and warm your cool
She’ll rout you, kick your icy tail
She’ll make you wish you’d stopped at hail
Who’s mighty now, oh Freezer Guy
Who rules the roost? Oh my, oh my!
Spring wakes the earth; the gardens flower
She turns grass green and makes you cower
She strips away your winter clothes
And sprinkles sunshine up your nose
She brings new life to garden trail
She gives new strength to plants so frail
To stand up ‘gainst your mighty storm
And so defy your freezing form
Hey! Winter’s Tail, I kid you not
Pick up your snow and off you trot
Break down your ice and melt away
See you around, when skies are grey
See you next time, oh Frigid One
But not too soon, for Spring’s begun
And three great seasons I shall see
Before you’re back to torment me.
Thanks to Hamlin Grange for all original photos.
Dedicated to all northern gardener friends.
30 thoughts on “A Winter’s Tail”
I love the poem–my sentiments exactly right about now!
It’s been a very snowy winter here. Just as the rain melts it, another snow storm arrives. But I’m not complaining. I feel very privileged and blessed to live in this country.
I’m experiencing the same with the snow, but it doesn’t bother me.
The snow has its merits!
Yes, it does. As long as I don’t have to drive in it.
A beautiful poem and selection of photos, Cynthia! Our weather has taken some strange twists and turns, but the daffodils, crocus and snowdrops are up, and the redwing blackbirds have joined the crew at the bird feeder. Down in the lower elevations, a few blooming trees have been spotted. Our fruit trees are still patiently waiting.
Thank you for the spring update, Lavinia. And for liking my poem too.
How delightful and whimsical! It’s nice to see writing poetry here again Cynthia. Keep the faith, spring is on the way.
What a delightful reminder that this too shall pass. Winter helps us appreciate the rest.
Great to hear from you, Karen! Hope you and the family are all well.
Every time I see your garden, I decide I’m going to live out my life glamping in your backyard. You don’t mind, do you? Wink, wink:).
Thanks for making me grin! Hope you’re doing well, my friend. Though I’ve never met them, I take pride in the successes of your young people. Feels like I’ve observed them grow up from afar.
Aw❤️. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Beautiful, beautiful photos! And what you wrote describes Maine, too.
Yes. I often think we share similar weather.
A worthy favourite
That is a lovely poem and perfect for this time of year. We got the last of y’all’s arctic cold two days ago. Heading out to the garden this week.
Okay. But when you say “cold”, do you mean really cold or just a bit cold? (haha). Sorry we sent you that cold weather.
Gulf Coast Texas cold. Like at 50F degrees we wear parkas and don’t go out. The weather is really interesting as those arctic cold fronts from up your way will just fly down the plains to us. We can have a day temperature at nearly 80 and freezing that night. Unfortunatly, we are always trying to grow more tropical plants from a warmer zone. Last year everyone lost their backyard orange trees. PS – I’m from the mountains of PA and it took a really long time before I ever thought it was cold here.
How exciting, and how beautiful to welcome spring after a long cold winter!
What a lovely poem to send off the winter and welcome the spring, Cynthia! The garden is lovely!
Just lovely – I so love the spring
A wonderful poem Cynthia. Spring hasn’t been so capricious this year since we have had little of winter at all.
Good to hear from you, Andrea! We’ve had a lot of winter this year but this weekend it’s felt like spring is on its way. Daffodils are coming up at last.
A lovely and hope-filled poem, dear Cynthia. I adore spring.
Warm blessings ~ Wendy Mac
Such a fun poem, Cynthia! And so true! It’s spring today and will be wintry tomorrow.
Super poem Cynthia! What a stunning garden you have .. wonderful photos Hamlin 😊
Thanks, Julie. It’s just returning “to life” above ground now with green shoots, buds fattening on trees, etc.
A sweet poem and yes, spring is always such a lovely season to welcome back each year.
Catching up here … and now, so long after you posted this, we are still occasionally going into the high 30’s at night! But I put away my snow shovel to let Winter know I mean business, and at least that has worked. LOL
Hope you’re well!