May 5, 2007

April Showers... (Part I)

Sweet April showers
Do spring May flowers
~Thomas Tusser

When Clouds appear like Rocks and Towers,
The Earth's refreshed by frequent Showers.
~John Claridge

O rain! with your dull two-fold sound,
The clash hard by, and the murmur all around!
~Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Winter is many months of the year
But now at last Maytime is here;
And birds sing from a leafy screen
In the trees and hedgerow freshly green;
And the wood-anemone is out in the shade,
With its blushing petals which too soon fade;
Once more the bracken is unfurling there,
And bluebells gently perfume the damp air.
~Veronica Ann Twells, Maytime

A delicate fabric of bird song
Floats in the air,
The smell of wet wild earth
Is everywhere.
Oh I must pass nothing by
Without loving it much,
The raindrop try with my lips,
The grass with my touch;
For how can I be sure
I shall see again
The world on the first of May
Shining after the rain?
- Sara Teasdale, May Day

Poetry is the silence and speech between a wet struggling
root of a flower and a sunlit blossom of that flower.
~Carl Sandburg


  1. I love pasque flowers! Yours are beautiful.

  2. What is that flower? Very pretty, very delicate. Awfully nice quotes. I think I remember reading that Sara T. had a sad life, yet she wrote such pleasant pieces. I used the Tusser one on my blog one day, and was so amazed it was written such a long time ago. My guess is that his is the origin of the expression. What do you think?

  3. Yay for flowers. All of our flowers didn't make it through the random April freeze we had. I need to get out and plant some more!

  4. Booklogged - Thanks! And thanks for the horticulture lesson. I didn't know they were called pasque flowers.

    Nan - It's an anemone/pasque flower. Isn't it lovely? Yes, I think Tusser's quote is the origin of the expression, near as I can tell from searching the Internet.

    Kristen - I'm glad I didn't plant any annuals before that freeze. I'm still hoping my shrub roses bounce back!


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