3/21/2009

A Prayer in Spring


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.

-- Robert Frost (1915)

17 comments:

The Hermit said...

Spring is a good time. Things look better than they do in the winter time, when it's cold and dark.

Steve Harkonnen said...

I just wish the weather would start turning over.

sue said...

I'm not familiar with this work of R. Frost. It's nice.

Jan said...

Beautiful.

Thanks, Papa Frank. :)

Papa Frank said...

We are cleaning at the house today here in the Frank family. Our temperatures are turning quite nice. Today it is in the upper 50's. I'm thinking of the fresh vegetables that will be able to be had soon. We're also planning our garden for the year. The ants have begun to take over again and so we know that spring is here. As Hermit said, Spring is a good time. Glad you all are enjoying this poem by Robert Frost.

Z said...

Very nice poem...
After cleaning the house, we're expecting you! heh!

lovely photo, too! Thanks, Pops!

The Merry Widow said...

Sufficient unto the day...live in the now.
I've been in a flurry of unpacking, tossing, cleaning, packing up cold weather clothes, dealing with a daughter with the 24-36 hr. stomach bug, fighting it off myself, watering the veggies and herbs...an invigorating time of the year! LOL!
And looking at fresh starts!

tmw

Yehudi said...

Nice touch, Jason! Give your family a big spring-time hug from us! :)

I.H.S. said...

This was a nice poem, thanks Papa Frank.

I love spring cleaning, but the girls (wife and Daughter) don't. They say I'm too O.C.D. for them.

Blessings.

The Merry Widow said...

I.H.S.-Sounds like my late, he was an engineer and helped organize.
:sigh: It IS a useful trait...in moderation! LOL!

Do you go into Monk overdrive?

tmw

WomanHonorThyself said...

it snowed here on friday..ha:)

I.H.S. said...

TMW, Yeah I guess you can say I get a little Monkish when it comes to cleaning. I have been know to go without eating the whole day, because I was so into the moment.

Think I need help?

Blessings.

The Merry Widow said...

I.H.S.-No, I think I need to borrow you...can you teach my son to pick up after himself?
G*D bless and MARANATHA!

tmw
I have rheumatoid arthritis, and doing a thorough cleaning and straightening is hard.

I.H.S. said...

TMW, My cleaning bootcamp is quite demanding and the average person has been known to be reduced to utter tears in the midst of a cleaning session; so I don't know if your son is ready for anything like this. Like I've said previously food isn't ever on the radar screen during these cleaning frenzies. One project of cleaning always spawns another one directly behind it and most times they overlapped themselves.

Blessings.

Brooke said...

Great verse and adorable pic!

cube said...

The only thing I hate about spring is that it is tax time. I tell myself every year that I won't procrastinate nxt year, but I always do.

*sigh*

Pinky said...

Spring is here in Tx. I sure wish I had a tiller handy to get my garden ready. I'll have to borrow one. I want to see some seeds sproutin'. I'm running late.

Happy Spring, Jason!!