March 21, 2014

Signs of Spring


"Deep sleep the winter,
Cold wet and grey;

Surely all the world is dead;
Spring is far away

Wait the world is waken;
It is not dead, for lo,
The Fair Maids of February
Stand in the snow!"
"Crocus of yellow, new and gay; 
Mauve and purple, in brave array;
 
Crocus white 
Like a cup of light,--
 
Hundreds of them are smiling up, 
Each with a flame in its shining cup,
 
By the touch of the warm and welcome sun 
Opened suddenly. Spring's begun! 
Dance then, fairies, for joy, and sing
The song of the coming again of Spring." 
Illustrations & poems by Cicely Mary Barker 
Photos of the signs of spring captured in Sweden by Tales of Sheaves

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