Saturday, March 19

It won't be long now...

In a couple of hours it will officially be the first day of spring. The vernal equinox will occur then, the time when the earth's axis is not turned toward the sun (summer, for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere), or away from it (winter), but is aligned with the center of the sun. The word equinox comes from Latin: aequus means equal, level, or calm; nox means night, or darkness. The equinox, in spring or fall, is a time when the day and night are as close to equal as they ever are, and when the hours of night are exactly equal for people living equal distance from the equator either north or south.

A Light exists in Spring
by Emily Dickinson

A Light exists in Spring
Not present on the Year
At any other period-
When March is scarcely here

A Color stands abroad
On Solitary Fields
That Science cannot overtake
But Human Nature feels.

It waits upon the Lawn,
It shows the furthest Tree
Upon the furthest Slope you know
It almost speaks to you.

Then as Horizons step
Or Noons report away
Without the Formula of sound
It passes and we stay-

A quality of loss
Affecting our Content
As Trade had suddenly encroached
Upon a Sacrament.

1 comment:

The Bug said...

Ah spring - my favorite time of the year. Except for the sneezing. Well, at least that hasn't started yet :)

I love you poem on the previous post - it's so true that it's hard to love something without holding onto it.