Thursday, February 21, 2008

Thursday Thirteen


"To lure Spring out of obscurity"

1. "I stuck my head out the window this morning and spring kissed me bang in the face. "
~Langston Hughes

April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks Go.
~Christopher Morley, John Mistletoe

3. Hee that is in a towne in May loseth his spring.
~George Herbert

4. It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.

~Charles Dickens

5. "In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt."
~ Margaret Atwood

6. "Autumn arrives in early morning, but spring at the close of a winter day."
~Elizabeth Bowen

7. "If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome."
~Anne Bradstreet

8. "Happiness is like a sunbeam, which the least shadow intercepts, while adversity is often as the rain of spring."
~Chinese Proverb

9. "When spring comes the grass grows by itself. "
~Tao Te Ching

10."Sweet springtime is my time is your time is our time for springtime is love time and viva sweet love. "
~ e.e. cummings

11. "A little Madness in the spring Is wholesome even for the King."
-- Emily Dickinson

12. "We are reformers in the spring and summer, but in autumn we stand by the old. Reformers in the morning, and conservers at night."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

13."Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today; And give us not to think so far away As the uncertain harvest; keep us here All simply in the springing of the year."
-- Robert Frost

And here's a special treat ~ e.e. cummings classic poem about Spring that I learned in high school:

in just-

    in Just-
    spring when the world is mud-
    luscious the little
    lame balloonman

    whistles far and wee

    and eddieandbill come
    running from marbles and
    piracies and it's

    when the world is puddle-wonderful

    the queer
    old balloonman whistles
    far and wee
    and bettyandisbel come dancing

    from hop-scotch and jump-rope and



    balloonMan whistles

    e.e. cummings



Viola Jaynes said...

What a very lovely site you have here and I love the pictures as well. I also just came from your other blog and it is wonderful that you are doing that.

Unknown said...

Uhm not luring spring here yet, can you work harder for me???
Loved the pictures very spring like.
I am asking all were you able to get into the TT Hub today?

Ivanhoe said...

Beautiful soul food... Thanks for sharing!

Ivanhoe said...

It's me again. Thanks for visiting: I just never got into LOST, maybe it's because I did not catch it from the beginning...

cindy kay said...

I enjoyed reading those. Thank you.

Natalie said...

I'm so so so so so ready for Spring!

Anonymous said...

Super! My favorite is the one by Langston Hughes. It is somewhat unexpected and fresh.

Now I'm thinking I should have done a Thursday 13 for one of my blogs this week. I didn't. Hhmm.

Anonymous said...

I will miss all of my tulips this year. We relocated and there are too many rabbits around here for me to plant bulbs!

Liquid said...

"In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt."
~ Margaret Atwood

Here by Sandy and LOVING YOUR BLOG!

SandyCarlson said...

That ee cummings finale made my day. How I love that poem! I hear Pan now....

Atwood's line about smelling like dirt is perfect, too. We should. Nothing like it. I can't wait until we don't need a jackhammer to break into earth. All these WW photos of spring flowers make me wonder what planet I'm on!

Lew said...

Delightful 13 quotes this Thursday! And good illustrations. Spring is the most delightful time of the year and I am ready for it to start. It's been a long time since I have read any e e cummings.

oneluvgurl said...

Gotta love any quote with my name in it! Thanks for visiting mine! Happy TT!:)

Anonymous said...

Exactly, Ms. Margaret Atwood, exactly!!

Mary, you're right. Americans are very polite, especially New Yorkers I've heard! ;)

I'd never read the e.e.cummings poem. Thanks for sharing that.

Mom Knows Everything said...

I can not wait for Spring! I have had it with the snow and the cold.

Anonymous said...

Great quotes to describe a lovely time of year.

Anonymous said...

Spring...that season that tricks plants into thinking that they can safely bloom...a good few weeks earlier than they really can.

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Ahh... a bit of wishful thinking, perhaps?

The timing on this is perfect. We are expecting a snow/ice storm tomorrow. Eep!

Open Grove Claudia said...

My thought on spring is: "when oh when will you arrive???" I complain so. It's actually supposed to be nice next week - nice enough to check the bees. SO....

Anonymous said...

Excellent Thursday Thirteen! e.e. cummings is one of my favorite poets.

From the quotes, "April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks Go" really caught my eye.

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Ahh. I had to come back and re-read these for fortification. Our storm arrived as expected and given that it's ice, I'd really prefer spring.

Maybe if I keep reading them, I'll conjure the season...

Anonymous said...

I am SO ready for Spring!!!

orneryswife said...

I really liked #'s 5 & 7. I am really ready for spring, and seeing the fruit of my fall labors burst into bloom. I planted a row of daffodils in a new bed, and they have already begun to show their green heads. Now for the lovely yellow faces. Ah, they are surely the harbinger of spring!