Yes, it’s Lent. Yes, it’s a time of self-reflection and spiritual discipline. But, it’s also spring or at the very least it’s closer! So, how about a little spring thoughts to distract us for a moment or two?

Charming Spring

By: Patricia Cisco

Reminiscent melodies

serenade the morning breeze.

Feathered creatures nest with care

in cherry blossoms pink and fair.

Perfumed scent of roses flow.

Tiny blades of green grass grow.

Misty showers soak the earth,

glorious colors come to birth.

Gathering clouds come and go,

rain, sun, and vibrant bow.

Dainty petals, fancy flair,

dancing in the warm, sweet air.

Violets, yellows, purest white,

graceful, gentle, welcomed sight.

Thank you, oh sweet lovely Spring,

patiently waiting the charms you bring!

A Prayer for Spring

By: Robert Frost

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;
And give us not to think so far away
As the uncertain harvest; keep us here
All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,
Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;
And make us happy in the happy bees,
The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

And make us happy in the darting bird
That suddenly above the bees is heard,
The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,
And off a blossom in mid air stands still.

For this is love and nothing else is love,
The which it is reserved for God above
To sanctify to what far ends He will,
But which it only needs that we fulfil.

Early Spring

By: Rainer Marie Rilke

Harshness vanished. A sudden softness
has replaced the meadows' wintry grey.
Little rivulets of water changed
their singing accents. Tendernesses,

hesitantly, reach toward the earth
from space, and country lanes are showing
these unexpected subtle risings
that find expression in the empty trees.