Friday, March 2, 2012

a spring song



the wind is sighing gently
through the pines, and everywhere
trees are greening,
smudges of new against the sky.
i hear careful rustlings above me
and lift my head in time
to see a tip of squirrel’s tail
as she slips into her nest of oak leaves.
the pine affords her twining branches
for anchor - the oak a myriad
of stuffs for nesting, and the 
spring brings forth new life.
a dove coos, far off, and now
the ever-present cardinal song,
his spring song — only in spring.
what other season so aptly
sings the hope of life 
from death?


leslie young
©2012

29 comments:

Glenda said...

Beautiful word picture and photo! I like the affirmation that spring is the season that brings hope of life from death! Reassuring words!

Nancy said...

Spring is a wonderful season and I think it gives us all hope.....I love your poem and the squirrel is precious

Kay L. Davies said...

Fabulous, Leslie.
Luv, K

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

What a beautiful poem. Did you write it? I love poetry, but can't quote any. My favorite is "The Highwayman." A little morbid, I know, but I love the lilt and fall of it. (If you call it that.) Have a happy weekend.

ayala said...

Lovely, I love the picture ! My husband makes friends with the squirrels and he feeds them peanut butter :)

Leslie said...

Yes, Laura, I wrote the poem. Thank you for your kind words :)

S. Etole said...

spring is truly pregnant with hope ...

Kala said...

Wonderful framing. I love squirrels - they are so darned cute!

becky said...

Oh, the poet and her poetry! such beauty and promise here.

Tiago Braga said...

Yeah :) lets celebrate the spring :)

Maryann said...

Ready to celebrate spring!

Jennifer Richardson said...

bright hope bursting into bloom
....isn't it a beautiful wonder:)
Everywhere the earth singing out
how light swallows darkness
and celebrating the more-than-enoughness
of God.
we're so rich to get to share
in the song:)
-Jennifer

Michelle DeRusha@Graceful said...

I always scroll through all your posts when I come by here, because your images are so beautiful and you say SO much with so few words (how DO you do that?).

Marco Alpha said...

Hello Leslie,
A fantastic shot of this funny squirrel.
Nice to see him eat sweets. Lovely.

Greetings, Marco

Beth said...

Love this. :>)

beth said...

i love this photo and i have totally fallen in love with squirrels after being surrounded by them in florida...

now granted, they can be mean and they chew things up, but oh those tails and the way they talk just gets me every time.....xoxo

Tracy said...

This is gorgeous, Leslie! Spring--it is the very essence of life, isn't it?! :o) "...tip of squirrel’s tail"..how I'd love to see one. We don't have many squirrels here--I miss them. Would you believe, it's almost all gone & melted here? It's very weird, February is never like this here. I just hope we don't get big dumps of the white stuff this month before Easter...LOL... Happy Week, my friend ((HUGS))

Ramblings by Carol Nuckols said...

To misquote Alexander Pope: Spring hopes eternal . . .

Fernando Santos (Chana) said...

Bela fotografia...Belas palavras...Espectacular....
Cumprimentos

Tiago Braga said...

so cute the squirl, very sweet and kind :D

Emily said...

Beautiful imagery! I saw the first blossoms here today and it made me so happy. Hooray for spring!

rebecca said...

love love love
spring and you...

natsumi said...

Yes, Spring is here! It's one of my favorite seasons!!

Can do mom said...

I had to chase a squirrel off my deck and away from my bird feeder yesterday and he refused to leave! We've got stone pillars and when I would go to one side, he'd run to the other. Finally he gave up and dashed down the pillar and ran to the woods, chattering at me the entire way! I've got to admire their resolve, even if they do clean out my birdfeeders.

Emily said...

"and everywhere
trees are greening,"

This is my favorite line. I love it.

Jodi said...

Where's your signature, Miss? love it!

deb colarossi said...

This is incredible.
You know that right?
I have come back again.
First time speechless.

( and I am going to visit my daughter in Amherst Mass next week. I am so going inside Emily Dickinson's home. I'll think of you)

♥ w o o l f ♥ said...

ha!
g r e a t musings, les.
now let's have a cuppa, shall we?
n♥

fuoriborgo.com said...

Happy Spring!