Spring’s Vagaries

After many days where blue warmth and sun glazed skies
intoned a radiance to the hours
a grayness now settles over
this freshly bloomed earth.
The air, windless but quite cold,
speaks of a former season
we thought long departed.

A lone house finch sits rooted
to an Escallonia branch
his head swiveling
in every direction,
as if to say,
“What happened? Where’d Spring go?”

Don’t worry little bird
Spring has merely stepped into the shower.
See? Feel the gentle spray from the sky!
And soon she’ll return, ‘dressed to the nines’
to attend the premiere of Summer.

Photograph courtesy of: http://robinsdaily.wordpress.com/

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About P C Niles

Living along the rural and majestic coast of southern Oregon, P C Niles has found her forever home. She shares this home with her husband, Stephen, numerous cats and a dog, and an assortment of visiting wildlife. Pursuits include writing, meditating, reading, yoga, gardening, cooking, photography, and beach walking. Graced by serendipity daily.
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5 Responses to Spring’s Vagaries

  1. Teri Bailey says:

    Love it, Pam! So glad to see your email when it popped up on my screen.

    Take, care, Teri

  2. P C Niles says:

    Thanks, Teri! I so enjoyed our visit with you (and Karen & Jack), and sharing Book-Spine Poetry. Hope you have a fun and active Spring/Summer. ~p

  3. Libby says:

    Is that a robin? So different to the English robin!

  4. P C Niles says:

    No, that’s a “House Finch.” We’ve plenty of those, pretty much year ’round. Another similar type finch is the purple finch which is a little larger with more intense red coloring. Very pretty birds. I recently photographed an American robin in our bird bath. I’ll post it here at some point (soon I hope, so busy lately). I think you’ll see that our robin is quite different from the European type, however.

  5. I really hope you’re right – I’m so fed up on the ongoing cold!

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