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A Prayer in Spring

This weekend was full of spring sunshine, bright and full of renewal. The sun made the body feel good and lifted spirits up. It also reminded me of some favorite words by poet Robert Frost. I share them here with you and I hope you find a little spring in your day today…

A Prayer in Spring

Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers today;
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 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 fulfill.

~ Robert Frost

19 Responses to “A Prayer in Spring”

  1. Jannie Funster Says:

    Just beautiful like the flowers, planet and Heavenly Father that inspired this poem. And like you.

    And hey, it’s Monday! The Codfishing Boot has spoken again and guess what…..???

    Hope the pulled muscle is getting better? And I want you to know that tho I may pull your leg from time to time, Patricia, I’d never ever pull your muscle. :)

  2. Patricia Says:

    Jannie,
    Thank you for coming on by and making me laugh!…I need to confess that my wonderful IT person did this post for me, because I was in so much pain this weekend that I could not sit up and work at the computer. Isn’t she wonderful to find this recovery for me?

    The new medication I am testing has a side effects sheet two pages long…at the top of page two it says “Muscle spasms!” #1 side effect is nausea – bingo! I think you get the muscle spasms from falling asleep on the floor next to the toilet!

    Codfishing boot is that from Friar’s site? When does fishing season start – it is in the Spring?

    You may be able to guess some of the other side effects of this medication now too!

  3. Cath Lawson Says:

    Hi Patricia. It’s still so cold here that I need reminding it’s actually Spring.

    What a great poem. I love the way he describes the orchids being so different at day and night. I had never thought of them being like ghosts before.

  4. Patricia Says:

    Cath,
    Thank you for coming by – we have rather a great passion for Robert Frost’s poetry in our house….we do have daffodils in bloom this week and I see camellias and some early rhodys It is still very cold and it snowed all day Saturday again. The plum trees are confused! I am confused it is so cold

  5. Jannie Funster Says:

    I am really really sorry about your nausea and all. Hope you can rest and recuperate.

    And when you wake, you may get another laugh as I have a video post of me singing and playing gee-tar on my site.

    And another little surprise over there too, with YOUR name on it, but it’s not a meme or anything, so be not upset that you have to Do anything.

    And I am Totally not pulling your leg on this.
    xo

    Jannie Funsters last blog post..Ukulele Video

  6. Mark Says:

    It was a wonderful spring weekend, thunder storms and all! Thanks for sharing the Robert Frost poem.

    Marks last blog post..Ridicule – An Expression of Fear

  7. Patricia Says:

    Jannie,
    I am springing off the heating pad and galloping on over.

    Mark,
    I love all the seasons but spring is just exquisite in all it’s glory!

  8. Natural Says:

    “The sun made the body feel good and lifted spirits up.”

    well i’m going to have to say amen to that. i need the sun and warmth to survive. i’m in such a better mood than when it’s cold and dark. i’m sure i have SAD. hate it.

    Naturals last blog post..E is for Episode

  9. Patricia Says:

    Natural,
    Thank you for coming on by- Yep sunshine really does a body good and a mind. I have to take Vitamin D supplements.

    Hope you are getting some good light

  10. Vered - MomGrind Says:

    Being in the moment is so hard for me. But it certainly leads to a happier life.

    Vered – MomGrinds last blog post..Teen Fashion

  11. Patricia Says:

    Being in the moment is hard work for me, particularly when I am not comfortable in the moment I am in! Patience is not one of my personal virtues! But it is so worthwhile when I can arrive in the moment and just go with the flow.

  12. J.D. Meier Says:

    I’m such a fan of renewal.

    Whether it’s rejuvenate, renew, re-engineer, reinvent … it’s all good. There’s something so fresh about Spring.

    As much as bees bug me, I do like the first buzz in Spring.

    J.D. Meiers last blog post..Finding Your Values

  13. Davina Says:

    Hi Patricia. I love, love, love Robert Frost. He is my favourite poet. “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” is my all-time favourite one of his. This was a beautiful one too. There is something soothing about Robert Frost’s poetry. Thanks. This was the perfect end to a perfect, but busy day.

    Davinas last blog post..Good Advice in Tough Times

  14. Barb Hartsook @ Over Coffee Says:

    Poor Patricia! I hate medications! (I know, sometimes they’re a God-send. But not the junk that comes on the side.)

    Sure hope you’re better by now.

    Love the poem. This morning I woke up to sunshine and the hope of warm. But it’s still cold. That’s okay. It’s March in northern Ohio after all… And renewal is evident everywhere. Each little bud of color poking through the ground inspires and delights me.

    Thanks…
    Barb

    Barb Hartsook @ Over Coffees last blog post..10 Life-Lessons I Wish I’d Known Then

  15. patricia Says:

    Hi JD
    Yep I love spring and I saw that the Mason Bees are looking for the orchard blossoms which are a bit behind schedule. The bumble bees are in the Christmas Cheer Rhody – hope it stops snowing everyday and we get some of the warm too!

    Davina,
    Yep a love affair with Mr. Frost’s words and muse….did you see the Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love) speech at the TED lectures about the muse – very creative words too!…

    Barb,
    I am calling to beg off this medication this morning – I have had enough….I know Spring in Northern Ohio…It was lovely…very very WET and snowy here for some reason – beautiful but too cold still? Thank you for stopping on by

  16. Dot Says:

    What I love about Frost is his focus on nature. I’ve always been tuned in to nature, and more so since I’m outdoors with nothing to do a lot (waiting for the bus). I observe all the little changes as each season progresses. I stare at the tree branches and check the shade of green on any leaves I may see. My crocuses came up extra strong this year — I had 15 instead of the usual 5. They’re wilted now. The magnolia trees at our metro station stayed in bud for two weeks, because it was so cold. The buds are finally beginning to open.

    The annual festival for the cherry trees has begun, but the blooms haven’t. It’s just been colder than normal. Still, the sunlight has changed, the birds are back singing in the morning, and I see daffodils here and there.

    Dots last blog post..I’ll Never Get Back, Part 2

  17. Patricia Says:

    It is snowing again this morning Dot, and all the daffodils are buried again and the fruit trees are just ready to burst – the Mason Bees are dying for waiting for the cold to pass by and some warmth to come along.

    Frost is just wonderful…I read him often

  18. Friar Says:

    Nice poem about spring….

    But what…? No mention of white dog poop on the lawn?

  19. Patricia Says:

    Friar
    No mention indeed…now I could wax eloquent and then there is our local seagull problem –

    Is a nice poem! Robert Frost was pretty fair with words.