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Nature Has Come To Life Again

John is a nature and animal lover. He now has five cats, three hens, and various backyard visitors.

Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay

Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay

Is the spring coming?" he said. "What is it like?"...

"It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine...

— Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

Inspired by Songs

Writers find inspiration in many places. It may be found in a picture or word prompt, a book title, a phrase someone said, something you have observed or encountered during the day, nature, or maybe just a random thought.

I have been inspired by all these at some stage, but lately, I have been also drawn to songs I like and felt the need to change the lyrics and create poems using my own words. In most cases, my words could be sung to the original tune and music.

In this poem/song 'Nature Has Come to Life Again' I have used the song "Wake Me Up When September Ends' by Greenday, but added a couple of additional stanzas. I hope you like my version.

It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.

— Rainer Maria Rilke

Early bird catching a worm: Image by Justice K from Pixabay

Early bird catching a worm: Image by Justice K from Pixabay

Nature Has Come To Life Again

(To the tune of Wake Me Up When September Ends by Green Day)


Winter has finally passed

Springtime is here at last

Nature has come to life again


Seasons come and then they pass

Some move slow and others fast

Nature has come to life again


Here comes the early bird

Out to catch the worm

Cattle march in a herd

To flee a coming storm


As the rain starts to fall

The flowers all raise their heads in praise

Nature has come to life again

Image by Esther Grosjean from Pixabay

Image by Esther Grosjean from Pixabay

Winter has finally passed

Springtime is here at last

Nature has come to life again


Fetch the eggs from the hens

They are laying in the pen

Nature has come to life again


Here comes the early bird

Out to catch the worm

Cattle marching in a herd

To flee a coming storm


Seasons come and then they pass

Some move slow and others fast

Nature has come to life again

Image by cocoparisienne from Pixabay

Image by cocoparisienne from Pixabay

The squirrels at play in the tree

On the flowers a million bees

Nature has come to life again


Lizards hiding in the leaves

And butterflies with coloured wings

Nature has come to life again


Here comes the early bird

Out to catch the worm

Cattle marching in a herd

To flee a coming storm


Winter has finally passed

Springtime is here at last

Nature has come to life again

Nature has come to life again

Nature has come to life again

Butterflies on the Bottlebrush

Butterflies on the Bottlebrush

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, The Works of Anne Bradstreet

© 2021 John Hansen

Comments

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 12, 2021:

Hi Lora, thank you for the nice comment. I am glad you enjoyed this poem and found that the words flowed with the music. Much appreciated.

Lora Hollings on September 12, 2021:

This is a lovely poem, John. I really like your verse. It certainly has a rhythm and a nice flow of words, very appropriate for a song. Your verse goes very well with the music. I love your quotes too!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 09, 2021:

Thank you MG. I often feel fortunate that my country is quite isolated from the rest of the world. I am pleased that you enjoyed this poem.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on September 09, 2021:

Nice poem, you are lucky so far away from the biggest trouble spot in the world. Its a nice poem that is both soothing and invigorating.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 09, 2021:

Hi Alicia, yes spring is a lovely time of year. I am glad you enjoyed this. Much appreciated.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on September 09, 2021:

Spring is my favourite season. Thank you for sharing the joys of the season in your part of the world, John. The photos and the song lyrics are lovely.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 09, 2021:

Thank you, Bill. I like both Spring and Fall equally, the weather is much more bearable than either summer or winter. I hope your coming winter is not too extreme. So glad you enjoy my lyrics. Have a great day.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on September 09, 2021:

Beautifully done, John. You must be looking forward to the arrival of spring? Fall is my favorite time of the year, but winter I could do without. One of the miracles of nature is our changing seasons and soon enough we to will be looking forward to the arrival of spring. Love your lyrics.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 08, 2021:

Thank you so much for your generous comment, Nithya. I am glad my words did spring justice.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on September 08, 2021:

Beautiful poem, I enjoyed reading and I loved the song. You have described the arrival of spring wonderfully. Your words have brought spring to life!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 08, 2021:

Thank you so much, Maryam. Glad you enjoyed it.

Maryam Fatima from Pakistan on September 08, 2021:

Natura has come to life again", a beautiful and enjoyable poem.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 08, 2021:

Flourish, no one can accuse you or me of not doing our bit to harbour and protect animal life. Most of them seem to thrive at this time of the year. Thank you for reading.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 08, 2021:

Yes, Mother Nature can so her extreme beauty in every season, though she can have a harsh side too. Spring is always a sign of new life and renewal though. Thank you Peg.

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 08, 2021:

What a beautiful tribute to all of the animals and forces in the natural environment as springtime awakens the earth in your part of the world. I love that you have a bevy of critters like I do on a small parcel on land (me too!).

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on September 08, 2021:

Nature offers great beauty in every season of year. Your words celebrate springtime beautifully with all the signs of new life and activity. I enjoyed reading this.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 08, 2021:

Shauna, this song has always been quite special to me. A friend of my son’s was killed in a car accident on his 18th birthday in September over a decade ago and ‘Wake Me Up When September Ends’ was played at his funeral.

The butterfly photo was taken when I used to live on my rural acreage and remains one of my favourites. Thank you for always reading my work.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 08, 2021:

Chitrangada, it is good to share a little but about our own countries and their differences with others, even if it is just a varied time of seasons, different climates, animals or plants. I am glad you like my method of changing song lyrics to form my poems.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on September 08, 2021:

John, your poem fits beautifully to the melody of Greenday's song. I've always liked it but haven't heard it in a while. I'm glad it popped into your head and inspired you. Your photo of butterflies in the bottlebrush is breathtaking; the perfect punctuation to "Nature Has Come to Life Again".

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on September 08, 2021:

Beautifully done poem, and I remember that you have composed poems earlier too, keeping in mind a song.

I like this idea and your poem is always beautiful with nice imagery.

It’s wonderful to enjoy the beauty and feel of the various seasons, through the writings of writer friends, living in different parts of the World.

Thank you for sharing!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 08, 2021:

Yes, Rinita, spring has sprung here once again. There is not much not to love about this season. I am happy you enjoyed my lyrics set to the Greenday tune.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 08, 2021:

Greg, visiting Australia at Christmas would have been an eye-opener..about the hottest time of the year..no snowmen that’s for sure. Thanks for playing the Greenday song, and then singing mine along to the tune. I am glad it worked. Have a good day.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 08, 2021:

I am always happy to receive your comments, Rosina. So glad you enjoyed this, and I hope it cools down a little for you soon. Take care.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 08, 2021:

Yes, Bill, it is hard to fathom we are total opposites. I wish you a wonderful Fall and a mild Winter this year. I am glad you liked the poem.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 08, 2021:

Thank you for the lovely comment, Misbah. Nice to know that quote is one of your favourites too. Who doesn’t love Spring? Party time in nature as you say. Blessings back to you.

Rinita Sen on September 08, 2021:

Ah! It's spring for you again. There's hardly any other season so inspiring. Your lyrics completely set the stage for the queen of the seasons to come and dance to the rock tune. Refreshing!

manatita44 from london on September 08, 2021:

Funny. Makes sense. I forgot where you are. Haha. Enjoy!

greg cain from Moscow, Idaho, USA on September 08, 2021:

John - love this, my friend. I read it through, then played the Greenday song and sang along with your words. I just love it! And yes, only reason I knew it was spring down there is because I visited Australia in summer — we were there in December at Christmastime — and I had a hard time reconciling the Santa spirit and the Aussie heat at the time. In any case, happy Spring to you, my friend, and keep the great poetry a comin’. Good week, John.

Rosina S Khan on September 08, 2021:

It's nice to see you compose a lovely poem out of a song, marking the arrival of Spring in your part of the world. It's still hot summer in our part of the world. Thanks for sharing your poetry and giving us great joy, as always, John.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on September 08, 2021:

As much as I understand it scientifically, it is still hard to wrap my brain around you introducing Spring while we introduce Fall. It just doesn't seem right, or possible, you know? lol

Long-winded way of saying I loved your poem, and now I'm wistful for Spring as clouds whirl overhead and uncertainty fills our air.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on September 08, 2021:

John, What a beautiful poem. It's great to see that the promise has been kept. Anne Bradstreet's quote is among my favorites. Nature is always so awe-inspiring and lovely. Your poem captures the vibrant, eye-catching splendor of spring. Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's Party! ;)

Thank you very much for sharing. It was an enjoyable read as always.

Sending you lots of blessings and wishing you a very Happy Spring!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 08, 2021:

Thanks, Pamela. I probably should mention something about that in the introductory paragraph as most of my readers are in the Northern Hemisphere. Glad you enjoyed this though.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 08, 2021:

This is another very good poem, John. It seems strange to me that you are celebrating spring, while we are at the opposite side of the world.

I really enjoyed you beautiful poem

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 08, 2021:

Yes, Manatita, it is 'fall' in America, but spring here in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere, so I am more comfortable writing of it now.

Thank you for your kind comment, always greatly appreciated.

manatita44 from london on September 08, 2021:

Lovely poem. I think the Americans call this time 'fall.', but you write of nature, like everything is fresh, like Spring, like a glowing Heart of beauty. Sweet!!

Fresh flowers and squirrels; birds and butterflies ... make me a child again. Lovely piece and a cute revival of nature also. Great refrain!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 08, 2021:

Hey Brenda, thanks for reading. I have used the rhyme scheme and cadence from other poems before in the creation of my own, but only rewritten the lyrics to a few songs recently. They could never be released as songs due to copyright infringement but I am sure they are fine here as poetry.

I wish you were moving into Spring instead of Fall also…I know you are not looking forward to Winter.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on September 08, 2021:

John

I do listen & get inspired to write a poem from a song, but I've never rewritten the entire words to a song.

You did a wonderful job on this one.

Your words fit the song perfectly but now I can't get that tune out of my head.

I love watching the squirrels in the Springtime as they gather those buried nuts & play.

I so wish my season was Spring...but like your quote says , "If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant."

Have a great day.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 08, 2021:

Thank you MsDora. I am happy my descriptions came to life.

Dora Weithers on September 08, 2021:

I love all the animal activities showing that nature has come alive again. Beautiful and playful.I can almost see them. Thanks!

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