the lovely colored smells of Spring


Those fragrances are only just beginning here , but still…


Sandy Caruso art

art by Sandy Caruso



Here’s a  poem by Christina Rossetti:

Spring Quiet


“Gone were but the Winter,

Come were but the Spring,

I would go to a covert

Where the birds sing;


Where in the whitethorn

Singeth a thrush,

And a robin sings

In the holly-bush.


Full of fresh scents

Are the budding boughs

Arching high over

A cool green house:


Full of sweet scents,

And whispering air

Which sayeth softly:

We spread no snare;


Here dwell in safety,

Here dwell alone,

With a clear stream

And a mossy stone.


Here the sun shineth

Most shadily;

Here is heard an echo

Of the far sea,

Though far off it be.”

–  Christina Rossetti, Spring Quiet


and one by Kathryn Worth:




“Through all the frozen winter

My nose has grown most lonely

For lovely, lovely, colored smells

That come in springtime only.


The purple smell of lilacs,

The yellow smell that blows

Across the air of meadows

Where bright forsythia grows.


The tall pink smell of peach trees,

The low white smell of clover,

And everywhere the great green smell

Of grass the whole world over.”

–  Kathryn Worth, Smells


Published by ahiggins2013

poet, birder, senior citizen, cancer survivor, Catholic sister. Eight books of poetry published: At the Year’s Elbow, Mellen Poetry Press 2000; Scattered Showers in a Clear Sky, Plain View Press 2007; chapbooks: Pick It Up and Read, Finishing Line Press 2008, How the Hand Behaves, Finishing Line Press 2009, Digging for God, Wipf and Stock 2010, Vexed Questions, Aldrich Press 2013, Reconnaissance, Texture Press 2014, and Life List, Finishing Line Press, 2015.

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