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.