Poetic Beats

Welcome to this week’s Poetic Beats with Howard Bond and Davy D, recorded on the 5th of March 2018 on Red Kite Radio.

On today’s episode we celebrate the arrival of the meteorological start of Spring in the UK with the poem March, by Celia Thaxter.  After a week of living with the “Beast From The East” Winter is still with us. According to the astronomical calendar Winter doesn’t start in the Northern Hemisphere until the Vernal Equinox on the 20.03.18, so we have a few cold weeks to go yet.

If you have difficulty listening to the programme a text version of the poem is included after the sound bar.

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I wonder what spendthrift chose to spill

Such bright gold under my window-sill!

Is it fairy gold?    Does it glitter still?

Bless me! it is a daffodil!


And look at the crocuses keeping tryst

With the daffodil by the sunshine kissed.

Like beautiful bubbles of amethyst

They seem, blown out of the earth’s snow-mist.


And snowdrops’ delicate fairy bells

With a pale green tint like the ocean swells;

And the hyacinths wearing their perfumed spells!

The ground is a rainbow of asphodels!


Who said that March was a scold and a shrew?

Who said she had nothing on earth to do

But tempests and furies and tempests to brew?

Why, look at the wealth she has lavished on you!


O March that blusters and March that blows,

What colour under your footsteps glows!

Beauty you summon from winter snows,

And you are the pathway that leads to the rose.




Thank you Davy for reading us this wonderful poem by Celia Thaxter.
As you know I love writing about nature but this is a poem where every stanza is filled with beauty. Love it.
We are soon there, I have daffodils, crocus, little lilies in the garden.😊

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Another great broadcast, Davy. I was pleased to listen to the poem you featured – completely new to me as is the name of the poet. The daffodils are breaking through in their myriads here now – such a delight to see.

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    Thank you Roland for your kind words and I am glad you enjoyed the broadcast. It is good to see the daffs making a recovery after the flattening they got with the snow.


Wonderful, Davy! I need to goggle…er…google Celia Thaxter and read some more of her writing!
Oh, March always surprises us! We never know exactly what to expect! 🙂
HUGS!!! 🙂
PS….here is a poem I wrote years ago, for a friend…

Like a crocus
he pushes up
Through the snow
To feel the warm sun
On his face
Survived another winter.

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Wonderful broadcast and perfect selection to celebrate the coming of spring.

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Davy, a beautiful reading of Celia’s descriptive poem of March. It’s just in time for me as this weekend the bulbs all seem to have appeared, including the daffodils – I thought they’d been flattened by the snow but phew, luckily they are hardy plants. A delight to listen to the broadcast. Happy Sunday!

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    Thank you Annika and hope your Sunday is going well. It is good to see the daffodils recover. It seemed the snow had trashed the garden but it does appear to be making a comeback. The resilience of nature never fails to amaze me. I am glad you enjoyed Poetic Beats and appreciate your time taken to listen and comment.

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Beautiful poem!
I wonder about the “beastly” weather you have had…how has it been?
I will have to come back to listen. Good night 🙂

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Nice poem & interesting conversation on the gifts of March. A fickle month, but a favorite of mine, only because it’s my bday month, lol! Thanks for sharing.

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