Spring is Here

SPRING arrived this morning at 7:02, but the weather might not be attuned to the season tonight and in the coming days if the forecast of a slight chance of snow showers is correct.

It won’t be the kind of weather to cause poets to extol the beauties of the season, but just the word, “spring,” is encouraging.

W. Earl Hall and Doug Larson didn’t earn acclaim as poets. Both were newspaper men, and they wrote succinct descriptions of the season.

Hall wrote, “Science has never drummed up quite as effective tranquilizing agent as a sunny spring day.”

All days, of course, aren’t sunny, but Larson still gave a positive spin to the season when he noted, “Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe of slush.”

EASTERN Ohio residents and those elsewhere now are giving greater attention to planting, whether it be flowers or vegetables.

There’s nothing quite like seeing the flowers that one planted growing and adding color to a sometimes dreary-looking world.

Vegetables themselves – especially the ripening of tomatoes – also provide a colorful note in addition to being quite tasty.

New life appears to take hold during spring so it seems especially appropriate that Easter occurs during the spring as the resurrection of Jesus symbolizes eternal life and hope for the future.

Henry David Thoreau once referred to spring as “An experience in immortality.”

Poets themselves have different takes on the season of spring.

In the “Ode to the West Wind,” Percy Bysshe Shelley refers to various seasons and concludes the poem with the familiar words, “If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?”

Alfred Lord Tennyson took a less serious view in an 1842 poem with the comment, “In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.”

Possibly, Tennyson had a touch of spring fever when he wrote that poem, and it’s an affliction – or possibly a blessing – that affects most people.

THE SEASON was summed up very well by a Methodist minister, the Rev. Virgil A. Kraft, whose encouraging words were: “Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world.”