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The Winsome Smile of Spring


Poetry is one of Lori's favorite ways to share memories, to express feelings, and share what inspires her, so others might be inspired.


After a long, morose winter with never-ending rain (and snow to many) and cold, the advent of spring brings great joy and wonder. My friend Peggy lives on a nearby farm. By February and March, all the animals were birthing. Adorable little goats and white lambs skipping around the pen and nursing from their mommies, not to mention calves in the pasture. Daffodils line the driveway, ornamental trees are blossoming. Color is everywhere, the pungent smell of grass and manure is somehow comforting. There is constant movement in the gardens by bees, birds, and butterflies. It's glorious.

I am not a gardener because I unwittingly kill anything that grows in soil. So I enjoy everyone else's spring gardens.

Every February I thrill when crocus push their way up on my lawn. "Spring will be here before you know it," they seem to say. Then the first robin appears on my lawn. Then they flock and spend a long while pecking at whatever is in my grass that they like to eat. I have always loved robins. They remind me of my childhood growing up in Tacoma, Washington. Yesterday the cable guy was here and I left the door open so he could go in and out. When he left I heard something buzzing. I figured it was a fly, but I found a bumblebee on my couch. Another reminder of childhood. I scooped him up in a tissue very gently and let him go.

Spring also has its miseries. Allegra, Flonase, Visine, nettie pots, and Kleenex never quite get rid of the hay fever, but manage to take the edge off. The pollen was so thick on my car this morning it could easily have been snow. I will not wash my car until the pollen leaves. The blackberries and scotch broom are going crazy. I'm highly allergic to the scotch broom. My mother used to put it in bouquets when I was a kid. What was she thinking?

I wrote this poem recently expressing my thoughts about spring.

The Winsome Smile of Spring

The winsome smile of spring I see

As I spy a crocus pop its head

And spot little pink buds on a sprig

And a returning robin’s breast of red

The whimsy play of butterflies

Flitting and fluttering, here and there

The humming of busy fat bumble bees

Pollinating with purpose and flair

The whispering breezes have arrived

And the clouds pour copious showers

The sun comes out and spreads its beams

Evidence of God’s mighty powers

The wriggling births of newborn creatures

Hungry baby birds chirping for worms

Exiting cocoons with earnestness

With wiggles, writhings, and eager squirms

The woeful advent of allergies

From thick yellow coatings of pollen

Runny eyes, noses, and wheezing too

Leave us feeling crummy and rotten

The wondrous glory of springtime come

Far outweighs hay fever and sneezing

The splendor of blossoms and bouquets

And verdant leaves shiny and gleaming


The whizbang thrill of the season

Never fails our expectations

It simply is not possible

To miss all its inspirations


© 2020 Lori Colbo


William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on April 25, 2020:

I'm not sure how I missed all these new ones, but I did. We Pennsylvanians are still waiting for spring. We had snow last week and the buds on the trees are really confused. I'm glad your seasons are on time. enjoy it, Lori!

Lori Colbo (author) from United States on April 14, 2020:

Thank you Dora for your comments. Have a delicious spring.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 14, 2020:

Your poem bring the spring experience right home. It has the sounds, the colors and feel of the season including the good and the not-so-good. Well, done Lori.

Lori Colbo (author) from United States on April 13, 2020:

That's actually my favorite season, John. Enjoy it.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on April 13, 2020:

It is Autumn here at the moment, Lori.

Lori Colbo (author) from United States on April 13, 2020:

Hi Bill, hope you are improving. Thanks for the feedback.

Lori Colbo (author) from United States on April 13, 2020:

Dear Ruby Jean, we have the same allergies. Aren't they annoying? Still, we love spring.

Lori Colbo (author) from United States on April 13, 2020:

Eric, I hope you're kidding about arrest and fines. Happ spring to you.

Lori Colbo (author) from United States on April 13, 2020:

Greetings Pamela,

Spring is my second favorite season and it is most inspiring.

Lori Colbo (author) from United States on April 13, 2020:

Bill, Happy belated Easter to you friend.

Lori Colbo (author) from United States on April 13, 2020:

Chitrangada Sharan , thank you for your affirming comments. God bless you.

Lori Colbo (author) from United States on April 13, 2020:

Thank you John. What season is it down under?

Lori Colbo (author) from United States on April 13, 2020:

CHATRA RAM , thanks for stopping by.

Lori Colbo (author) from United States on April 13, 2020:

Lorna, thank you for your kind words. Blessings to you.

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on April 13, 2020:

What a beautiful picture you've painted here, Lori. I'm not if spring has arrived yet or not in PA. today the temperature is 65 - wonderful! Snow is on the way by the weekend. One way or another spring is getting closer.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on April 12, 2020:

Beautifully spun. I have allergies galore, smoke, dust, mold, grass, animal dander hair dye, trees, perfume you get the picture? But I love Springtime.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on April 12, 2020:

Beautiful, Spring must be proud of you. I am very happy in the spring. Here you might get arrested for visiting the farm. Or at least a $1,000 fine. But you could pick up some eggs there and be fine.

I am loving my outdoor chores.

This will put a smile on my face through the day.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 12, 2020:

I loved spring when I lived in Ohio. All those things you spoke off were precious to me also. I like your about spring. It is very good, Lori.

Happy Easter!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 12, 2020:

Happy Easter my friend.Thank you for your friendship!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 12, 2020:

Beautiful description of the Spring—signifying hope and renovation.

You excelled both in the prose and the poem. The pictures are beautiful.

Thanks for sharing.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on April 12, 2020:

You described Spring wonderfully in both your commentary and the poem, Lori. Excellent work and lovely images too.

CHATRA RAM from BARMER INDIA on April 12, 2020:

I love the spring season and the flowers that bloom in spring are wonderful poems.

Ann Carr from SW England on April 12, 2020:

I love Spring with all the wild flowers, the daffodils too and the magnificent magnolias which abound in gardens round here (including mine). I have hay fever but fortunately not until May/June when the grasses are at their best/worst!

Your poem is lovely; I love the line 'wriggling births of new born creatures'.

Another great article full of hope - just the tonic for the present.

Stay safe and well, Lori!


Lorna Lamon on April 12, 2020:

I think you have captured the essence of spring perfectly in this wonderful poem Lori. It reminded me of why spring is a favourite season of mine, full of renewal and hope.

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