Wednesday, March 27, 2013

ABC Wednesday - K for Keen

ABC Wednesday (click words to see other posts)

K is for Keen
I am Keen for Spring's arrival!

Flower Chorus
by Ralph Waldo Emerson

O such a commotion uner the ground,
When March called, "Ho, there! ho!"
Such spreading of rootlets far and wide,
Such whisperings to and fro!

"Are you ready?" the Snowdrop asked,
" 'Tis time to start, you know."
"Almost, my dear!" the Scilla replied,
"I'll follow as soon as you go."

Then "Ha! ha! ha!" a chorus came
Of laughter sweet and low,
From millions of flowers under the ground,
Yes, millions beginning to grow.

(photo taken 3/21/2011)
"I'll promise my blossoms," the Crocus said,
"When I hear the blackbird sing."
And straight thereafter Narcissus cried,
"My silver and gold I'll bring."

 "And ere they are dulled," another spoke,
"The Hyacinth bells shall ring."
But the Violet only murmured, "I'm here,"
And sweet grew the air of spring.
(Couldn't find photos of violets - these are Spring Beauties)

Then "Ha! ha! ha!" a chorus came
Of laughter weet and low,
From millions of flowers underthe  ground,
Yes, millions beginning to grow.

And well may they cheerily laugh "Ha! ha!"
In laughter sweet and low,
The millions of flowers under the ground,
Yes, millions beginning to grow.

We so look forward to their arrival!
Welcome, Spring!!  :-)
These photos were taken in 2011.
Fun going through the old files!

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Reader Wil said...

Thank you for this wonderful floral tribute to spring in all its shapes and colours.
Wil, ABCW Team.

troutbirder said...

Wonderfull! And clever...:)

Roger Owen Green said...

Kan't Kome 2 soon!


Anonymous said...

What a beautiful and inspiring poem for this time of year, and quite funny too. I loved seeing photos of everything about to come in my garden.

Chubskulit Rose said...

I haven't seen any from our garden. I only see Spring blooms in stores.

Catching up with letter K (again).
Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

Shady Gardener said...

Thanks for your visit and leaving a comment, Reader Wil.

Shady Gardener said...

Troutbirder, Thanks for the compliment. :-) you, yourself, provide very interesting and fun reads!

Shady Gardener said...

Kudos, Roger!

Shady Gardener said...

Caroline, We're all ver much looking forward to Spring -and hopefully- a return to a more usual climate!

Shady Gardener said...

Good Morning Rose. We'll take flowers any way we can find them, right? Happy Spring, and thanks for your visit!

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Hi Shady! I love that poem. I hope these blooms are about to make their appearance for you if they haven't yet.

Thanks for stopping by my "place". I'm so glad we've made it to April, and the daily checks for what's growing have begun.

Anonymous said...

Lovely flowers..

Nutty Gnome said...

What a lovely, sweet poem Shady m'dear! Oh how I'm so longing for Spring this year. It's been a long, cold snowy winter here - not that I'm moaning about the snow, but I'm so tired of the cold :-(

It's been the coldest March in the UK since 1962 and the coldest March across the middle of the UK (where we are) since records began...hence why I'm so fed up and long for some warm, sunny days! Ho hum at least your peom warmed my heart! :-)

Shady Gardener said...

Hi, sue! It's really hard to stay indoors these days . . . Now that the days have begun to warm! Yep, those daily "checks" have begun! :-)

Shady Gardener said...

Glad you visited today, Nelson.

Shady Gardener said...

Liz, I hadn't really understood that you'd been experiencing such an unusual winter! Hope things straighten out soon!!


Kudos to both you and Mr. Emerson for a wonderful post!

Your Pulmonaria is so pretty. Those flower clusters are so full and I love the colors. Happy spring!

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Grace!! Always so nice to have you visit. :-)