The First Spring Day

Poetic Beats

Welcome to this week’s Poetic Beats with Howard Bond and Davy D, recorded on the 19th March 2018 on Red Kite Radio.

On the last day of astronomical Winter, and the eve of Spring and the Vernal (Spring) Equinox, we read and examine the poem, The First Spring Day by Christina Rossetti.

The Spring Equinox has long been celebrated as a time of rebirth in the Northern Hemisphere and there are many festivals welcoming the first day of Spring. In Iran, the equinox marks the start of Nowruz, the Persian New Year, and the festival of Khooneh Takouni, (shaking the house down), where two weeks of spring cleaning gets the new year underway.

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The First Spring Day

 

I wonder if the sap is stirring yet,

If wintry birds are dreaming of a mate,

If frozen snowdrops feel as yet the sun

And crocus fires are kindling one by one:

        Sing, robin, sing!

I still am sore in doubt concerning Spring.

 

I wonder if the spring-tide of this year

Will bring another Spring both lost and dear;

If heart and spirit will find out their Spring,

Or if the world alone will bud and sing:

        Sing, hope, to me!

Sweet notes, my hope, soft notes for memory.

 

The sap will surely quicken soon or late,

The tardiest bird will twitter to a mate;

So Spring must dawn again with warmth and bloom,

Or in this world, or in the world to come:

        Sing, voice of Spring!

Till I too blossom and rejoice and sing.

 

Christina Rossetti

14 Comments

An interesting slot Davy, love how the show weaves the poem into life, history, traditions, folklore. Thank you.

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    A pleasure Nigel and thank you for your kind words and continued support. One of the good things about this is the research which is getting me to find out links and connections to poetry I would not have imagined.

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It is so lovely hearing you read poems in the show and this spring poem by Rosetta is no difference.
Yes, they are there, the sap is definitely stirring, buds swelling, crocus bravely showing.
I can see how we Northern people long more and doubted more. The long winter make ps us feel less able to joy and happiness…., lack of melatonin you mention. We are well ready now for sun and warmth.
By the way, big spring cleans we’re the common thing where I grew up,
and I mean major. 😊

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    Thank you Miriam for your kind words and I am glad you enjoyed this broadcast. I remember my Gran emptying the house into the back garden during the Spring to do the spring clean. Wo betide anyone who ventured into the house before everything dried. Hope your weekend is going well.

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Nice to hear a poem about spring although it is still quite wintry here in NY too! Not catching that spring cleaning bug yet. Enjoyed listening to your interesting topic of conversation, thanks for sharing. 🙂

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I love hearing you and Howard chatting and sharing and reading poetry! Please thank Howard for me…for doing such a great job with Poetic Beats! 🙂

This poem is so beautiful and emotion-filled…it made me sigh. 🙂

We have some birds back from their Winter-vacation south! And a few baby lizards are running around, too! 🙂

Sometimes I put off my Spring cleaning until Fall. 😉 😛 Yes, I call it Fall Cleaning! 😀 HA!

HUGS!!! to you and Mrs. D.!!! 🙂

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A lovely poem about spring, Davy. The weather is still iffy here. One day it’s springy and the next day it’s dismal and chilly.

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