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March 9, 2009

surprised by snowdrops

surprised by snowdrops

Snowdrops or raindrops, these sweet little blooms popped up outside the house late last week, to everyone’s surprise. Someone planted them years ago for a day like this, when it’s just-spring! Yes, it’s below freezing already this evening, but I’m calling it: Spring–just!

The world is mud-luscious, the creeks are running fast, the snow is almost gone from the hollows. It can’t be stopped.

In town today, I saw a hillside of crocuses almost open and drifts of tiny snowdrops, and it took my breath away. I myself didn’t realize how much I longed for color until that purple and green nearly made me cry.

If you still need inspiration, read 7 quotes about spring at 7 of.

And at last I can get my favorite spring poem out of my head and onto a page:

in Just-
spring when the world is mud-
luscious the little
lame balloonman

whistles far and wee

and eddieandbill come
running from marbles and
piracies and it’s

when the world is puddle-wonderful

the queer
old balloonman whistles
far and wee
and bettyandisbel come dancing

from hop-scotch and jump-rope and



balloonMan whistles

– e.e. cummings

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