Welcome Dandelions, Welcome Spring!




Just as we lose hope
she ambles in,
a late guest
dragging her hem
of wildflowers,
her torn
veil of mist,
of light rain,
her dandelion
in our ears;
and we forgive her,
turning from
chilly winter
we throw off
our faithful
and open
our arms.

By Linda Pastan

(“Spring” by Linda Pastan from Heroes in Disguise. © Norton, 1991. Reprinted with permission.)

The winter was abominable, interminable, execrable! I’m sure there are many more pejoratives we’d be ABLE to come up with. But at last —– at last! — it seems to be over and done with. Mother Nature has relented. The Fat Lady (remember her?)  has sung at last.The daffodils are gone already, dandelions have arrived, lilac bushes are blooming, and the azaleas have begun.

SPRING! We’d all begun to think that this year it wouldn’t happen at all. We welcome you with open arms —-

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28 Responses to Welcome Dandelions, Welcome Spring!

  1. Pauline says:

    Echoing your big sigh of relief. I’ve got peas up, and potatoes, and now am hoping the big rains don’t wash them all into a puddle of mud at the bottom of the garden beds!


  2. Lucid Gypsy says:

    We do indeed and you’ve had a very long wait 🙂


  3. 2e0mca says:

    Forget the Daffodils: Dandelions – ever present flower of spring. The leaves are great for salad too – ask our Budgies – though you should wash them well in case the neighbor’s cats got there first 😉


  4. 2e0mca says:

    Test comment – Hi Judith… Just sent a proper comment to you but it hasn’t appeared. I think the Akismet is playing up again 😦


  5. Love the poem; sounds like such a tardy spring. Hope her ‘hem of wildflowers’ billows in the breeze.


  6. barb19 says:

    A very welcome and long-awaited for Spring for you guys!


  7. Jen Payne says:

    Love the poem – even more so your emergence from winter doldrums! xoxo


  8. Patti Kuche says:

    I ironed some summer blouses this afternoon! Warm wishes and all the joys of spring to you Judith!


    • Touch2Touch says:

      No torn veil and trailing-hem wildflowers for you, Patti. Freshly ironed summer blouses! A salute to Spring that really respects the Lady!
      (I feel like I’m coming back to life. You sound like you’re there already.)


      • Patti Kuche says:

        Oh Judith, if only you knew how much I am dragging my hem . . . only days back from the UK with sweet bluebells everywhere. And dandelions! Thrilled to know you are coming back to life, let’s all take our time!


        • Touch2Touch says:

          I can guess. I’ve been lucky enough to see the bluebells in Spring in England. No wonder the Nature poets rhapsodized the way they did over them — the woods were carpeted and blanketed with that vibrant blue — it shimmered among the trees. Oh, yes! Maybe there are some patches of bluebells in Central Park —


  9. oh the relief, the blessed welcome of Spring – especially after such a hard and long winter. Dandelions are welcome indeed!


  10. A perfect poem to match your photo. What a lovely post to start the day with!


  11. Madhu says:

    Your gorgeous photo and that enchanting poem are both so evocative of spring Judith. We could do with a bit of her misty veil though, the mercury is soaring toward 40 Celsius here!


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