First Day of Spring and International Day of Happiness

20 Mar

Today is officially the First Day of Spring. Here are some Primroses and a SnowBaby for you to enjoy that I spotted on my walk back from town this morning.

The BBC is playing poems to celebrate Spring throughout the day. This one by Stevie Smith is  a delight.

Black March.

I have a friend
At the end
Of the world.
His name is a breath

Of fresh air.
He is dressed in
Grey chiffon. At least
I think it is chiffon.
It has a
Peculiar look, like smoke.

It wraps him round
It blows out of place
It conceals him
I have not seen his face.

But I have seen his eyes, they are
As pretty and bright
As raindrops on black twigs
In March, and heard him say:

I am a breath
Of fresh air for you, a change
By and by.

Black March I call him
Because of his eyes
Being like March raindrops
On black twigs.

(Such a pretty time when the sky
Behind black twigs can be seen
Stretched out in one
Cambridge blue as cold as snow.)

But this friend
Whatever new names I give him
Is an old friend. He says:

Whatever names you give me
I am
A breath of fresh air,
A change for you.

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world” ~ Desmond Tutu

I have added the Roasted Cauliflower with Lentils recipe to my Recipes (Savoury). Click on the red link to find the recipe.


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5 responses to “First Day of Spring and International Day of Happiness

  1. nrhatch

    March 20, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    The recipe looks so delicious.
    The snowbaby is darling.
    And your good deed of the day made me smile. 😀

    Happy Happiness Day!


  2. Arkenaten

    March 20, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    I have never been able to get into poetry – it’s the Neanderthal in me. Sorry. 😦
    I am afraid I quit trying after the verse about the lady from Leeds who swallowed a packet of seeds.

    My contribution to Happiness Day was to take the dogs for an extra long walk – they loved it!
    And I also spent ten minutes after lunch annoying everyone here by quoting lines from Life of Brian.

    ”Have I got a big nose, Mum?”

    Now you must fill in the next line …..:)


  3. ksbeth

    March 20, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    Yes to both)

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Heyjude

    March 20, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    Thanks for the recipe!

    Liked by 1 person


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