Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with snow along the bow,
And stands about the woodland ride,
Wearing white for Eastertide.
Now of my threescore years and ten
Twenty will not come again.
And take from seventy Springs a score,
It leaves me only fifty more.
And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty Springs is little room,
About the woodland I will go,
To see the cherry, hung with snow.
Of MY threescore years and ten, threescore five will not come again. That surely gives a person pause when winter seemed to never end then spring burst full bloom upon us. The thought struck me as I inhaled the French lilac scent, I’m not big enough. At least my capacity to truly appreciate is not big enough. When the blooms and the warmth finally came, I was overwhelmed with the idea that, no matter how long I stood there and soaked up spring, I was way too small to absorb even a fraction of the beauty.
My friend Ron gave me these flower photos that he has taken in the past couple of weeks. He took a hundred more, but there isn’t space here to show them all. Next winter, when I come in to warm up from shoveling snow, I’ll open Ron’s flowers on my computer screen and remind myself that spring is an abundant reward for making it through winter.
What a lovely friend you have in Ron, those photos are so beautiful… the blossoms and blooms… Spring.
Our spring has had a couple of false starts, but I think it has finally arrived. There are some small buds on the trees and most of the snow has gone from the yard. At two score and eight, I have found myself pausing more to “drink” the beauty around me. Not only the beauty of nature but also the beauty of my family and friends. I too, I can’t take all in.
Beautiful pictures and sentiment.
You put into words the feelings I’ve been having as Spring unfolds around me. I just lost my husband of 36 years in April and I’m trying in some way to soak up Spring for him, too. And, I feel so much the need to appreciate this beauty as deeply as I can…who knows? It may be my last. You never know.