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Take a Word.... Spring: Celebrating the Season of Life; Poem and More; Response to a Word Prompt from Brenda Arledge


I love words; old words, new words, their etymology and idiomatic use. I like to highlight the variety of uses even common words offer.


buds on the cusp,

leaves a luscious pale next to green-depth gloss,

grass shooting to indent the sky,

straight blades cut the air to make such small impressions,

rains softer, drizzling

empathy to encourage life, to coax the seeds of novelty,

sun soaking the skin,

warmer, promising more to melt and prove our souls,

new-borns, lamb and calf,

cavorting in pure joy, enveloping and developing life,

mothers doe-eyed, nurturing,

willing their offspring to enjoy the Spring in their steps,

humans, watching

the buds, the grass, the rain, the sun, in sync

as their own new-borns,

protected, watch and learn that their lives are blessed

within this Spring of new-born joy,

a world to wonder as the seasons restart, rotate,

renewed as each circle of life Springs to take us to eternity.

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Spring, the season of renewed life, the burgeoning of the shrubs, trees and plants. It is my favourite, not least because it houses my birthday, in the merry month of May. Spring is seen as a chance to start anew, to forget any smudges on the past circle of seasons, to forge a fresh footing and take advantage of that which offers possibilities along the path of life.

March, April and May are Spring’s months, providing March hares, boxing in the fields, the March winds lashing the trees, then April showers to cool the breeze and full-of-magic May, for dancing round the traditional Maypole and announcing May blossoms, pink and white.

In and Out, Welcoming the Month of May

Plaited ribbons on the Maypole

Plaited ribbons on the Maypole

We did it, my loyal friends and I! A birthday 20 years ago.

We did it, my loyal friends and I! A birthday 20 years ago.

Life, Colour and Action

You can have a spring in your step, maybe connected to new beginnings, a new job, new ideas, or just the renewed joy of being alive.

A child can spring to life when he realises there is fun to be had, a game to be played, or she might realise that there is mischief afoot and a game to be sprung on someone else!

A spring is large or small, usually made of metal, incorporated into mattresses, car suspension, coils for machinery, clock workings, or referred to in the abstract element of a sprung floor.

Come forth the colours of Spring, yellow trumpet daffodil, chalk-green downland grass, icy snowdrops, delicate cream-blush primroses, elegant nodding bluebells, down to earth cowslips, daisies for chains.

In the Spring of one’s life, we grow, we learn, we experiment, we hope, we look forward, spring forward to a bright future. We think it will never end and we have all the time in the world. We spring into action at the slightest incentive, ready for anything, full of the joys of Spring.

We all get spring fever, itching to be in the great outdoors after a long winter. Even those who are no longer spring chickens get the bug, a fresh spring in their step when life seems good.

It springs to mind that we all need this renewal, this fresh outlook, when the sun reveals a brand new world, a hopeful scene, when a whole panorama springs to life around you. Suddenly sprung upon us, this benign infection maybe leads to a bout of spring cleaning, or spring fever when we need to roam, to visit people and places.

Well, I shall be celebrating a significant birthday in May, so maybe someone will spring out of a massive cake. Better still, I yearn for the day when my grandchildren will spring out of their cars to surprise me with the first visit since before March 2020.

Now that will fill me with the joys of Spring!

Flowers of Spring!



Daisies - can you make a daisy-chain?

Daisies - can you make a daisy-chain?

Hope Springs Eternal

And now for a little nonsense....

The pipe springs a leak,

the plumber springs to attention,

springing to my defence,

‘It’s not your fault’ he says.

'Your neighbour pulled a fast one,

he’s just been sprung from prison,

but he’ll be going back, don’t fear,

for nicking your extension.

I sprang a trap to catch the rogue,

I told him if he did it,

that I would pay his passage out,

to see the Spring in Spain.

That goes to show no one can flee

when guilty of a felony,

though hope did spring eternal,

he fell to his God - money!'

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Spring is hope, hope fills us with joy, nature fills us with wonder and we can look forward to a renewed world, a better year, as 2021 begins to blossom as we move forward with a tentative spring in our steps. Hope springs eternal….


This article sprang from Brenda’s prompt, a weekly word to inspire, so my thanks to her for the inspiration.

© 2021 Ann Carr


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on March 03, 2021:

Thank you, Lora! Glad you enjoyed the poem.

Yes, a Taurus, who is supposed to be very practical and stubborn. I'm not really either; my practicality doesn't extend to housework and my stubbornness is only in extreme moments! Not much different to anyone really!

Sorry to hear about your dog but it's great to have others to continue the great job they do as loyal companions. Daisy is a great name!

Keep safe and well, Lora.


Lora Hollings on March 02, 2021:

I love your poem about Spring, Ann. It is full of lovely imagery and captures the renewal of life, hopes and new beginnings which emerge with this loveliest of all seasons! So you are a Taurus and born in May. I had two sisters and both of my parents were also born in May. I had to be different and be born in January. Daffodils, bleeding hearts, irises, and lilacs are among my very favorite spring flowers. I found your poem about your neighbor very amusing as well. I hope that you will see your grandchildren soon. Hopefully, we can all look forward to a better Spring then the last one. My little dog of sixteen faithful years passed on last Spring so it will be the anniversary of his death. But, I now have three dogs that I have adopted in the last year because I missed him so much! Somehow, they all share traits with my dear Herbie, and they all were homeless so I did this in his honor. What better way of honoring the life of someone or a pet who was so dear than giving love and kindness to another. Thank you for your beautiful words about this magical season! And by the way, I named one of my dogs, Daisy, because she was so sick with Valley Fever but now she has fully recovered with medicine and good care. And it is like she has a new lease on life, full of vigor and a bounce in her step!

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on March 02, 2021:

Thank you, Linda, for your kind comment. It has been great today. We had a walk by the sea too! Whereabouts are you? We are in Somerset.


Linda Bryen from United Kingdom on March 02, 2021:

Wow! what a lovely spring poem and article Ann. I enjoyed reading it and yes what a lovely spring we are having now. Thanks God it is a lovely day today and was able to get out and enjoy the sunshine by the seaside.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on February 28, 2021:

Thank you, Tuli; what a lovely thing to say! You are doing well here and I hope to see more. Glad you're learning new things. I had to when I started here but it doesn't take long to get into the swing of things - that said, I'm still learning too!

Keep safe and well.


Tulii Banerjee from Kolkata on February 28, 2021:

Excellent poetry Ann. Your heart is very beautiful, it is expressed in your writing. You were the first to give me the courage after joining here, I will never forget that. I am learning something new every day. Thank you for sharing.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on February 28, 2021:

Thank you Brenda!


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on February 28, 2021:

Thank you, Vidya, for your lovely comment. I'm very pleased that you enjoyed this.


BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on February 27, 2021:

I agree...you poem & article are beautiful.

VIDYA D SAGAR on February 27, 2021:

A beautiful blend of prose and poetry Ann. The pictures are also beautiful. Spring brings joy, hope and you have brought out the essence of spring in the poems. I really enjoyed reading your excellent piece of work.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on February 27, 2021:

Yes, we're thinking of holidaying at home, going to York, then Scotland and planning a tour around to take in several places on our wish list. We'll drive and pick our own hotels, maybe go over to Ireland and come back via Wales to see some friends. A truly British holiday! Then we'll celebrate with a family get-together.


BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on February 27, 2021:


That sounds great!

It is fun to share these milestones with family and who doesn't Love cake.

I'm hooeful that by summer we can all celebrate a bit more.

I hope you and your significant other can maybe take a special getaway to celebrate both of your Birthdays.

Take care.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on February 27, 2021:

Oh, I'll celebrate it on the day and that will be great. I just enjoy the children celebrating with me as they love a birthday with cake etc. Their sheer enthusiasm makes me feel younger! My partner and I have significant birthdays within the same year, so we'll have a joint celebration some time in the Summer; by then, we might even be able to have guests!

Thanks for the encouragement.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on February 27, 2021:

Who says you're not a poet, Doris?!

I start sneezing but not until end of May/June. Not as bad as it used to be thank goodness.

Thanks for popping by. Great to see you.


BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on February 26, 2021:


Celebrating might still be curbed, but do your best to enjoy it.

It only comes around once.

Don't worry about that number (7!), it's only a mumber.

I hit the big 60 in December. Yes, celebrating was a bit dull, but I made it a good day.

Take care.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on February 26, 2021:

Spring is nothing to sneeze at

I wish my head would learn that

With colors so bright and gay

but the pollen ruins my day!

Short walk in the woods

and I come to realize

There's nothing attractive

about my red eyes!

Dang, I started a poem and can't finish it because I'm not a poet. At least I can enjoy yours.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on February 25, 2021:

Thank you surovi99. I'm glad you enjoyed it and I appreciate your visit.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on February 25, 2021:

Thanks, Linda! My favourite season is definitely Spring, but I do enjoy all the seasons. We don't have any extremes here, though occasionally the Summer brings humidity and I don't like that at all. Autumn brings lovely colours with it and we are surrounded by deciduous trees here so it's beautiful. Winter is fine when the days are sunny and crisp, but not when it's soggy!

Great to have a comment from you. Keep safe and well.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on February 25, 2021:

Thank you, Brenda, for your kind comments. Glad you enjoyed this.

I am approaching the big 7! Sadly, celebrations will be curbed but we'll make up for it later in the year. I love birthdays but I'm not so sure about this one!

Thanks for the visit. Take care.


Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on February 24, 2021:

Ann, you certainly have a way with words. Spring is my joy, my delight--it's my favorite season. Summer is far too hot and humid, Winter is her polar (pun intended) opposite, and Fall is just darned depressing with flowers dying, leaves dropping, and the entire landscape becoming a soggy mess.

Spring! All of Nature awakens from her hibernation. The air is filled with the delicate scent of fruit tree blossoms and there is Hope. I love spring, and now I have one more reason to love it—the merry month of May holds the birthday of my new friend.

P.S. - Your Maypole brings back wonderful memories.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on February 24, 2021:


I love this! You have captured the feeling of "Spring" in each detail of your poem.

I am quite impressed with your talent to move me with your words.

Not only did you write this magnificent poem, but you also include the one at the end that me laugh.

Combining both of these poems together with a fine written article.

We all seem to get that Spring Fever.

Today it is almost 50 degrees & the sun is melting the snow. I can feel Spring fever lurking in my soul.

One last thing....so what is this Significant Birthday???

Wishing you all the best.

Take care.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on February 24, 2021:

Well, thank you very much, manatita! I'm humbled to remind you of Keats! I wish! I appreciate your kind words, as always.


manatita44 from london on February 24, 2021:

Ann, you did a great inspirational job with that piece. You conveyed excellently, the message of newness, hope, renewal and promise for 2021 and beyond. Reminded me of Keats and of course your poems both light-hearted and serious, are exquisite. You continue to amaze with your wordplay and you have covered very significant spring flowers.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on February 24, 2021:

Rinita: I've just left a comment on your poem and suddenly you're here on mine! Thank you for your kind words. Spring certainly is reviving and I think you're right that it comes earlier each year. Our garden is a hive of activity with birds, squirrels and budding plants!

Good to see you today! I hope you're well.


Rinita Sen on February 24, 2021:

Your poems and pictures ae beautiful. Spring is my favorite season, although here it is typically over by mid-March now (thanks global warming!). So, we relish the season even more now - the birds, the flowers, the pleasant air, it's all so reviving!

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on February 24, 2021:

Hi Devika! Yes, it's a season of hope and renewal. I hope it gets better! Thanks for your visit this morning. I hope you're well.


Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 24, 2021:

Ann Spring sounds a warmer season so much you have told me about it. I like your approach to a brighter season.

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on February 24, 2021:

Thank you, Ravi, for your visit and for the compliment.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on February 24, 2021:

Thank you, Linda! When I was in junior school, we used to dance round the Maypole every year, at the village fête, and I was always in the dancing group. I loved it, so much so that my partner put up the pole you see in the photo, for my 50th birthday, and a bunch of my (very loyal!) friends and I danced round to plait the ribbons. We even had the authentic music to dance by! I think my two French friends were non-plussed by it all. That pole stayed up in the garden until the plait was completely blown out by the wind - about a week later.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on February 24, 2021:

Rosina: thank you very much. I'm pleased you found it 'an exciting read'. I appreciate you reading and commenting.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on February 24, 2021:

Thank you, Tanmoy. Yes I could've written much more but my intent was to convey the lightness and renewal of Spring, to keep the mood superficial whilst conveying what sprang into my mind, in the nature of an impulsive response.

I appreciate you stopping by to read and thanks for your valuable input. I'm glad you enjoyed this.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on February 24, 2021:

Hello Peggy! Yes, I hope we can soon make the most of Spring; the horizon is beginning to look brighter. Thanks for coming by and leaving your kind comment.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on February 24, 2021:

Glad you liked the 'twists and turns' Flourish! I appreciate your kind words.

I hope you can enjoy warmer weather soon.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on February 24, 2021:

Shauna, thank you for your lovely comment. I especially liked the bit about having my Dad's talent; that made me feel proud.

Glad you enjoyed this. Your support is much appreciated.


Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on February 23, 2021:

beautiful Ann. I also love the frugal use of words in which multiple emotions can be expressed. This is a perfect example of that. Thanks for sharing.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on February 23, 2021:

You’ve created a lovely article to celebrate spring, Ann. It’s a great response to the word prompt. Your maypole photos reminded me of a time in my childhood when we were taught a dance around the maypole to entertain spectators. I don’t think I’ve seen a maypole in real life since then.

Rosina S Khan on February 23, 2021:

Terrific article, Ann. Full of poetry, prose and images make it all an exciting read. A beautiful response to Brenda's word challenge. Thank you for sharing.

Hegel from 26.3452° N, 89.4482° E on February 23, 2021:

You captured the essence of the season in a lovely poem. You could have written more about spring, obviously; but given that this has been written in response to a word prompt, this is more than sufficient.

Really enjoyable photos, article, and poem!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 23, 2021:

You did a great job with Brenda's word prompt of Spring. I like your musings and poetry. Yes, I hope that we can spring forth with family visits, traveling, and more after the pandemic is in our rearview mirror.

FlourishAnyway from USA on February 23, 2021:

Once the weather warms up I will certainly have a spring in my step, and even though I am no longer a spring chicken, hope springs eternal. I enjoyed all of the twists and turns of your musings and poetry! Very creative!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on February 23, 2021:

Ann, I love the myriad of thoughts surrounding the word "spring". You have a clever way with words, bringing to light perspectives that aren't always obvious at first.

Well done and I love your photos. You've been blessed with your father's talent for capturing the mood of an object.

I enjoyed this immensely my friend!

Ann Carr (author) from SW England on February 23, 2021:

Well, Pamela, thank you for such warm words. I'm pleased you enjoyed this. I had fun writing it and it cheered me up.

I hope you're keeping well


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on February 23, 2021:

Thank you, John. I appreciate your kind words. My birthday is the 2nd, and a bit of a leap this year! We have a few others in the family too.


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on February 23, 2021:

What lovely words, bill! Thank you, and also for your encouragement. We were down by the sea yesterday, it was extra calm and rhe sun was out, the sky a seep blue - I had to undo my coat and take off my scarf! Couldn't believe it. Spring is testing the water.

Sending some warmth your way


Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 23, 2021:

Ann, this whole article is fantastic. First, I loved your poems, and I also really liked all the clever ways you used the word spring. Your last poem gets a little chuckle for sure. You surely met Brenda's challenge.

I hope you are right and a better 2021 springs forth as we are all ready. Thank you, Ann, for a delightful read.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on February 23, 2021:

A wonderful response to Brenda’s challenge, Ann. I love the gamut of different uses of the word “spring” and your poetry was excellent. May is a big month for us too. My birthday is 6th, eldest son 10th, second son 12th, my wife 13th. What date is your birthday, Ann?

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 23, 2021:

"warmer, promising more to melt and prove our souls,"

I love that line...love the whole darned thing, of course. It is a topic I think a lot about lately as I anxiously await the first day of 2021 when I can shed my coat and with it the feelings of lethargy. May your poetry be the catalyst Mother Nature needs to send us warmth.

A book for sure, my friend. It's anthology time for Ann!


Ann Carr (author) from SW England on February 23, 2021:

Thank you so much, Liz. What a lovely comment! You are so often first at my door; I really appreciate your support.

My aim was to create a bit of optimism and hope, so it sounds like it worked for you - I'm pleased.

Take care.


Liz Westwood from UK on February 23, 2021:

I really enjoyed reading this article with its varied presentation techniques on the subject of Spring. After reading this, I am encouraged that Spring is on its way. You have created a glowing and positive picture of this optimistic season.

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