Looking at my calendar I see today, March 20th, is the first offical day of Spring. Looking outside I see the neighborhod kids have thrown off their winter coats and are playing in the sun. Of course when I walk outside the chilly wind tells my old bones that springtime weather hasn’t quite made it to my front door yet.

What is the first day of Spring like where you live?

Spring by Gerard Manley Hopkins

Nothing is so beautiful as spring—
When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;
Thrush’s eggs look little low heavens, and thrush
Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring
The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing;
The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush
The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush
With richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.
What is all this juice and all this joy?
A strain of the earth’s sweet being in the beginning
In Eden garden.—Have, get, before it cloy,
Before it cloud, Christ, lord, and sour with sinning,
Innocent mind and Mayday in girl and boy,
Most, O maid’s child, thy choice and worthy the winning.

After the cold winds of winter Springtime is like a Carnival to our senses:

Natalie Merchant – Carnival – Live from a 1999 show in New York