Monday, March 20, 2017

Welcome, Spring!

Twice a year, the earth moves into a position where the sun's vertical rays are striking the equator.  On those days, there is equal daylight and dark all over the planet.

March 20 is called the vernal equinox, from the Latin equi, meaning equal.

We call it the first day of spring.

And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt  everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast
rose from the  dreams of its wintry rest.

                                                           —Percy Bysshe Shelley

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Winter in March

~Florence Main Street photo

                          I do not like the cold North breeze
or temps low enough to freeze
the pipes, the plants, and the parts
of motor cars that make them start.

I do not like the freezing rain
that makes the roads a major pain
to try to get to work and school.
I do not like it, and I’m no fool.

I do not like the mushy snow.
It doesn’t set my heart aglow.
Instead, it just makes me mean
as I pine for something green.

I do not like the low, gray sky.
Sometimes, it makes me want to cry
when I think of all the blue skies gone
and weeks of winter yet to come.

I do like the summer, humid and hot;
long lazy days and temps that do not
fall below seventy, even at night!
Hurry up, Summer! It’s nowhere in sight.
~Wanda Stricklin Robertson