Saturday, March 1, 2014

March madness

Well, did you change your calendar to March? Do you see we're only three weeks from the Spring equinox? That Wednesday of this week is Ash Wednesday? That Daylight Savings Time begins on the 9th? I remember marching in the St. Patrick's Day parade in Boston when I was in junior high school. One year we'd all be overheated because it was so warm, the next year we'd be marching through a snow storm. Spring's like that. Spring blizzards used to regularly chase us out of our camp site in South Dakota where we were turkey hunting in April or May. Spring is supposed to be a new beginning. Spring is NOT supposed to be temperatures well below zero. Good thing we've got three weeks of Winter left to get this Spring stuff right. In case you're getting as desperate as I have for signs of new beginnings, here's a photo from early Spring (March 24) 2012.

Helleborus orientalis (Lenten rose)
Helleborus orientalis (Lenten rose)   © harrington

Remembering these 4 Ms might help: "March is the month for melting and miracles, as Emily helps us to understand.

Dear March - Come in - (1320)

 
by Emily Dickinson

Dear March - Come in - 
How glad I am -
I hoped for you before -
Put down your Hat - 
You must have walked -
How out of Breath you are - 
Dear March, how are you, and the Rest -
Did you leave Nature well - 
Oh March, Come right upstairs with me -
I have so much to tell -

I got your Letter, and the Birds - 
The Maples never knew that you were coming -
I declare - how Red their Faces grew -         
But March, forgive me - 
And all those Hills you left for me to Hue - 
There was no Purple suitable - 
You took it all with you -         
  
Who knocks? That April -
Lock the Door -
I will not be pursued -
He stayed away a Year to call 
When I am occupied -         
But trifles look so trivial 
As soon as you have come
 
That blame is just as dear as Praise 
And Praise as mere as Blame -

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