Miscellaneous Spring Sentiments:
High hopes and shattered dreams: this is early spring. A day brimming with untapped potential, its spark extinguished in the gusty breezes of gathering dusk.
Vast northern winterscapes shed of their white winter burden, but unable yet to burst into thankful color: this is early spring.
Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde; two-faced early spring. A netherzone cast out from the crystalline castle of fortress winter, yet left to the trespasses of errant blusters awakened from the darkness of the Arctic night.
Touched by spring's first probings; blasted by winter's rebuke: this is early spring.
Kids try out their pitching arms and chilly bats; gloved hands sting: it is early.
Matted leaves jammed into the shrubs, ruts in the lawn, the carefree crocus, dainty daffodils and towering tulips: spring's beginnings.
The sun climbs higher, its penetrating warmth taking hold and telling us to love life... then turning its back on us behind a cloud. This is spring.
Robins setting up housekeeping; geese in chevron flight; it must be early spring.
A hopeful spurt in temperature; a spiteful east wind; gusty blusters straining to strike a truce between winter's fury and spring's softness.
Oh, we know the outcome of this battle, but that in no way foreshortens it.
Played out before us for all our years, early spring is a reflection of our very lives: the strains, the yearnings, the vision, the disappointment and disillusionment, the teasing, the scolding, promotions and layoffs, enchantment and longing, eager anticipation and cautious trepidation, sorrow and tears, the laughter and mirth. We seek out tomorrow but can't leave yesterday; it is only the start of spring.
Posted by Elliot Abrams on Friday, March 20, 2009 7:46 AM http://www.accuweather.com/mt-news-blogs.asp?partner=accuweather&blog=Abrams&pgurl=/mtweb/content/Abrams/archives/2009/03/spring_starts_with_snow_in_new_york_city.asp
I think this is even better if you read it out loud, with feeling. Elliott Abrams waxes poetic rather frequently and he is quite good at it.- Mag