Posted by: ktzefr | April 1, 2013

Poems and Pictures of Spring…

It’s National Poetry Month.  I love poetry and today share a few lines by a favorite Kentucky author, Wendell Berry, along with pictures of spring.

“…Night freezes

continue into April.

But the brave birds risk

a note of hope, and the bold

little wood anemones

lift their pretty blooms

into the cold above

the dead leaves.”

~Wendell Berry, Given

It seems the bunnies ate all the crocus buds except this one.  It survived hidden in a crevice at the foot of the red maple.

Crocus; Photo:KFawcett

Crocus; Photo:KFawcett

“The flocking blackbirds fly across

the river, appearing above the trees

on one side, disappearing beyond

the trees on the other side.”

~ Wendell Berry, Given

When I was growing up in Kentucky I could stand on the front porch and see across the river — twice.  This bend in the Cumberland looped around, made a U-turn so to speak, between our house and the mountains.  Migratory birds would appear and disappear at various times during the year.  A couple of weeks ago I had a small flock of red-winged blackbirds at my feeder, but they, too, have disappeared.  Our yard must not have passed the test for nesting.  Someone, however, has built a fine nest in the forsythia bushes.

Forsythia; Photo:KFawcett

Forsythia; Photo:KFawcett

“Think of the genius of the animals,

every one truly what it is:

gnat, fox, minnow, swallow, each made

of light and luminous within itself.

They know (better than we do) how

to live in the places where they live.”

~ Wendell Berry, Given

Isn’t that the truth!  Every spring the bunnies appear out of nowhere.  I saw five on my morning walk the other day.  They fill the neighborhood yards.  They eat the fresh buds and nip off the tops of the lily plants before they bud.  They love the clover when it sprouts and blossoms.  They attract foxes.  Sometime during late summer and fall they disappear and we worry that the foxes may have gotten them.  Then, in winter, we find their footprints in the snow.

Do you have a favorite poet?  A special poem or a few lines to share?




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