Every season of the year has its purpose and place, and when it comes to spring, it’s hard not to think of the word “beginning.” Plants grow new roots, buds, and blooms; days start to lengthen as they get closer to the summer solstice; and with warmer weather, the world around us seems to wake up. Many people celebrate a new year during the spring season: Lunar New Year, Nowruz (Persian New Year), and the Western astrological new year all fall within this transition from frost to flourishing.
In the midst of winter, we might have fallen into hibernation along with the natural world. Maybe we rested, stayed indoors, or even felt a little blue in the calendar’s darker days. So it’s no wonder that the first green shoots of budding flowers, or the steadily returning sunshine, make us feel a little lighter.
The melody of language can help us celebrate this season of newness and growth. Below, we’ve collected excerpts from poems that speak to the joys of spring. As the legendary Beatles once sang: “Here comes the sun, and I say — it's all right.”
it’s spring(all our night becomes day)o, it’s spring!all the pretty birds dive to the heart of the sky“when faces called flowers” by e.e. cummings
I died, and was born in the spring;I found you, and loved you, again.“Hummingbirds” by Mary Oliver
Ask me of the song and I will tellof the rain's slow murmur.“Despite Everything, My Dancers” by Ocean Vuong
Under cherry blossoms’ shadeeven those whom we don’t knowUntitled haiku, Kobayashi Issa
are not strangers
If ever there were a spring day so perfect,so uplifted by a warm intermittent breeze“Today” by Billy Collins
that it made you want to throw
open all the windows in the house
A Light exists in SpringNot present on the YearPoem 812 by Emily Dickinson
At any other period
And then there is the spring park,damp as if freshly peeled, sweet“Years Later” by Sharon Olds
greenhouse, green cemetery with no
dead in it.
in the brief moment of their flourish,at the opening of spring, I drove across state lines to gather peonies for a woman“How Can Black People Write About Flowers at a Time Like This” by Hanif Abdurraqib
who loved me once.
I've been waiting long for a spring song.Strong as the shoots of a new plant“An Earth Song” by Langston Hughes
Strong as the bursting of new buds
Strong as the coming of the first child from its mother's womb.
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