It is springtime in Virginia with flowing cherry and blossoming white pear trees lining highways to make a splashy debut. Nature is blooming with pride but sudden angry outbursts occur noting that April is full of surprises.
I am in my new house among many unopened boxes and look out at this cold spring day. Springtime seems confused. Before Spring's official opening, the weather was springlike. Now, some days are warm, some are chilled by showers. The old saying, April showers bring May flowers, is appropriate for this season. Oddly enough, nurseries are filled with bright colors of springtime so with great delight, I add flowers to my patio. Will they last? Not sure. On Long Island the rule of thumb is, "Don't plant until Mother's Day".
Taking the strike line, "And tremble in the April showers," from John Greenleaf Whittier's poem, I would like to share a golden shovel poem describing some nights and afternoons.
Spring in Virginia has a penchant for mischief andEnjoys its own merrymaking, causing me to tremble:Quick, thunderous, nighttime sounds shout out inUnison with shocks of light. Without warning, theRainwater splashes across patio pavement as AprilLaughs, watching flowers tousle about amongst its showers.
©CV, 2021, draft
They're sparklersscrawling their silver loops and hoopson the night...
April is indeed fickle and I love how in your poem she laughs! The joke is always on us, if we think the weather will stay warm throughout the month. Thanks for the spring poems and pictures.ReplyDelete
Jama, thank you for agreeing with me about April. "The joke is always on us" carries from April Fool's Day right on through.Delete
Ahhhhh, Northern Va. weather....never can make up its mind north or south. Just wait a week or so. Many gems in today's post.ReplyDelete
Linda, thanks for providing me with Northern Virginia notations. I was shocked when I heard the roar at night and then the flash of lightning and torrential downpour in the afternoons-Come and go features of Mother Nature. I look forward to the final unpacking and some free time to come and say hello.Delete
We have welcomed some mischief and merrymaking here, too, Carol - bringing rain at last! (Very late in the year - but for sure a case of better late than never! We just snuck in a little bit of grass growth before winter's chill hit, last week.)ReplyDelete
Kat, I am designing my Winter's Embrace 2021 Gallery and would hope that you could send me an image poem from Australia (only if you have time). I do not see an offering from you in my file. Winter's chill can be biting here so stay warm there.Delete
You have greeted the season so poetically!ReplyDelete
Yes, those ups & downs as April keeps on laughing, Carol. You know we had big snow last night, some melting today & I suspect April may keep laughing for a while at least. I love "laughing from their winter dreams". You are after me with the Progressive Poem! I'll be preparing tomorrow!ReplyDelete
Linda, I did not know about your storm so if you have a recent snow scene, I would love to see it to give me inspiration for my Winter's Embrace 2021 Gallery that I really need to design. I am spending this morning catching up with the Progressive Poem so I can be ready for your entries.Delete
April’s weather teases “with a penchant for mischief” here in Indiana, too.ReplyDelete
I am amazed by your poetic output, Carol, as the moving-in continues. Spring does seem to be confused! Mischief, merrymaking, and spontaneous showers - you have pegged Virginia's season well. I also appreciate that sweet verse on escaping the chill by the fireplace where the plants thrive. Always much warmth to be found, here!ReplyDelete
Wow, Carol, not sure how you're managing so much poetry, but I'm glad you are! Fireplaces are one of the great joys of life, to me:>)ReplyDelete
I love the setting you describe in your poems, including the storms. I think Virginia is a lovely place, with lovely early springs.ReplyDelete
Both nature and YOU have been productive this week!ReplyDelete
Sounds like you are enjoying your new home, Carol. I agree, April is fickle, probably no matter where you live!ReplyDelete
I love the personification in your poem. What a change it will be for you to be down "south" for spring. I look forward to reading about all your discoveries. :)ReplyDelete
Lovely post Carol, your spring weather sounds a bit like Chicago's which goes up and down. Hope April's rain and winds quiet a bit and slow the tousle of your flowers thanks!ReplyDelete
My goodness, Carol. Your poetry pen has been busy despite having what I can only imagine is a never-ending to-do list having just moved. Enjoy your first Virginian spring!ReplyDelete
Christie, I have been so busy that each day escapes me. Thank goodness for my special writing time. Virginia's spring has been a rollercoaster ride so far, similar to Long Island but warmer. Happy Spring to you.Delete