Saturday, March 17, 2012

Springtime Can Be Cruel

Yesterday I sat in my kitchen, watching as wind-lashed raindrops 
pattered against my newly washed windows, 
and thought about springtime.

Even with a foot of snow still on the ground, 
I felt that spring was just around the corner, buds waiting to open. 
Two days of rain and warmer temperatures lifted my hopes 
that soon life would begin anew, 
and we'd see colors in nature again other than 
blue and white and deepest green...

I looked forward to seeing new wildflowers 
push up out of the ground. 
The foxgloves were so lovely last spring, 
tall purple spikes lining the road leading to our home 
like soldiers all dressed for a parade. 
Daisies covered the meadow behind, 
simple and cheerful heralds of spring.

The only flowers I see so far are
the untimely offerings of the Christmas cactus
in my kitchen window;
the blossoms open and then droop so quickly.

This morning, I awoke to a surprise...

Two inches of fresh snow covered
the ground and the boughs of the trees,
clumped like handfuls of tinsel tossed by a young child.

I sighed.

Springtime can be so cruel.



  1. I hear you Pam, spring can be cruel. Last weekend was beautiful and a tease. We've had lots of rain and big snowflakes earlier today, didn't last though, the rain yes! More on the way and flooding about two hours from us. Could be worse I know but I'm ready for spring, for real. Your Christmas cactus is lovely.
    Think I'll go play with some pretty silks for now.
    Have a wonderful evening~

  2. Ok, take your pick, snow or awful pollen? We have yellow snow....we did get some welcome rain though!

  3. What amazing photos! I hope it warms up soon. Enjoy your weekend, my friend! It's nice to hear from you! ♥

  4. Yes, Pam, Lovely pics. Sorry to hear your getting snow, when we're having 70 degree, warm, sunny weather. Today. Tomorrow we're to get rain. But, it's still to be warm. Nice to hear from you I should talk!!!!
    Take care,

  5. Hi Pam

    I read your 'about me'. I recognize so much (although I'm from a different generation and continent :)) that I decided to follow your blog!


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    2. Welcome, Goedele! After peeking at your blog and becoming a follower, I'm sure a lot of my friends would enjoy following you, too!

  6. Yes, that's Idaho for you. It was snowing flakes here as big as cotton balls yesterday. I have been looking at other people's beautiful pictures if their flowers and trees and yards already. Oh, I wish it were here. It will come soon though. -Steph-

  7. I think your Christmas Cactus has it's holidays mixed up. Instead of blooming at a time that we celebrate Christ's birth it's instead celebrating his resurrection! You might have to start calling it a Easter cactus... :) Hope the flowers start popping up soon for you!

  8. Beautiful pictures Pam. Love your Christmas cactus, So pretty. That's one color I do not have. Sorry to her about the snow. Enjoy your week!


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