La Primavera

La Primavera by Sandro Botticelli. 1482.

Today, March 20, here on the north west coast of Canada, is the first day of spring, or vernal equinox, as astronomers would have it —vernal meaning “of or pertaining to spring,” equinox meaning “equal night.” As the angle of the earth’s tilt toward the sun changes throughout the year, lengthening or shortening the days according to season, there are two times annually when day and night are essentially more-or-less equal in length: the spring and autumn equinox.  Which is all simply to say, in hope and love – HAPPY SPRING TO YOU ALL…..

Vancouver crocus
Vancouver spring – photo by clinock
N Just-
spring when the world is mud-
luscious the little
lame baloonman
whistles far and wee
and eddieandbill come
running from marbles and
piracies and it’s
when the world is puddle-wonderful
the queer
old baloonman whistles
far and wee
and bettyandisbel come dancing
from hop-scotch and jump-rope and
baloonMan whistles
by: e.e. cummings (1894-1962)

28 thoughts on “La Primavera

  1. My son (Carlos Arturo) born La Primaverra de Enero, (Jan. 1)1982. Old Mr. e e up there can keep his “puddle wonderful”. Being raised in south Florida I know well enough to take my shoes off when it’s raining. Stupid tourists and northerners will never get such wisdom.


  2. The angle of the earth’ s is definitely tilting toward the sun – I can strongly feel spring of your post, John, and I am sure this beautiful season is tiptoeing also in our direction of the world… Happy spring!


    1. Thank you Helen – haven’t got over your way for some time – distractedly moodling and wayyyy behind in my blog readings – not forgetting you though…


  3. Spring is exploding outside my Mexican door this morning with Easter celebrations. The reminder of crocuses quiet entrance and soft nodding to life is a lovely contrast. Thanks for this. Cheers to primavera


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