Monday, March 20, 2006

Er ist's

Frühling lässt sein blaues Band
Wieder flattern durch die Lüfte;
Süße wohlbekannte Düfte
Streifen ahnungsvoll das Land.
Veilchen träumen schon
Wollen balde kommen.
- Horch, von fern ein leiser Harfenton!
Frühling, ja du bist's!
Dich hab ich vernommen!

-Eduard Möricke (1832)

(Spring unfurls a blue ribbon to flutter on the wind; a soft, familiar scent promisingly caresses the land. Dreaming violets will soon be roused...Listen, from yonder, a harp's soft music! Yes, Spring, you are here! I've sensed your arrival!)

Harbingers of spring in Ginny's yard. Southern Connecticut, Easter 2005

It doesn't feel like much here in the cold, cold North, but the Vernal Equinox (which arrives at 13:27 EST) is a great psychological milestone. Who can't help but feel cheered at the longer days and subtly strengthening sun?


nappy40 said...


Be said...

Yeah. Even if it's colder than anything out.

nappy40 said...

It was 49 here this morning. Spring has sprung.

Be said...

Still pretty cool here - was low 30s on my walk in. Warmer than yesterday, though.

I think it's supposed to get up to the mid forties by the end of the week.