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Winter's Last Hurrah POEM bas 2016 2Winter’s Last Hurrah
A poem of seasonal transition by Bette A. Stevens

First day of spring at the farmstead in Central Maine and more than migrating birds flutter about to entertain us. Snowflakes join the celebration. The flurry of Slate-colored Juncos and White-breasted Nuthatches (I managed to capture a snapshot of one at the feeder) don’t seem to mind at all.

Wonders of the seasons—they never cease to amaze us!

~ Bette A. Stevens, Maine author/illustrator

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Comments on: "“Winter’s Last Hurrah” a poem by Bette A. Stevens" (41)

  1. Here I was complaining about our “everlasting” winter, and you turn it into something beautiful! You ruined a great weather rant! LOL! I love the poem and the great picture, Bette! Thanks for brightening my day!

  2. Lovely poem and picture. Every time the birds start nesting and blossoms fill the air, a cold wind storm makes it start all over.

    • High winds and heavy rains here tonight! But, we were blessed when the snowstorm earlier in the week headed out to sea before it reached us. SPRING… I can hardly wait for its next surprise package! 🙂

  3. Love it Bette. So sweet! I do hope spring comes full on for you soon! 🙂 ❤

  4. I think our bird are thoroughly confused. I know I sure am. A week ago it was lovely and warm and sunny. Then it snowed. And snowed again. Got warmer. Rained. Rained even more. RAINED A LOT AND GOT COLDER. Tomorrow? Warmer and dry, but SNOW on Saturday. Gee whiz! And I was going to plant my seeds two weeks ago 🙂

    • It’s crazy up here too… We’re in flux and haven’t even thought about planting anything yet. Ten degrees on morning, forty the next. Wind, rain, sleet, or shine. It’s a coin toss! Hoping the shine wins out. Daffodils need a bit more of the bright shine, they’ve had plenty of rain and are several are ready to burst any day. Fields are greening slowly, but surely and the basement hasn’t flooded yet. Have a great weekend! 🙂 ❤

  5. A lovely celebration of spring!

  6. A very enchanting and beautiful poem! Love it! And hope that spring will be upon you very soon! (It´s here already and the birds can´t stop singing and the blossoms are blooming – it´s so wonderful, I´ve been waiting for it so long!) Have a lovely weekend! Sarah xoxo

  7. Such a beautiful spring greeting, Bette! ❤

  8. We had more juncos here this year than ever before, but our nuthatches didn’t come back. Maybe they’re still up north? The blueberries are budding and the knockout roses has new leaves, but it’s going to snow and go below freezing tonight and tomorrow night. I’ll cover what I can. The birds are filling up at our feeders now.

    • More feathered friends arrive daily on their northern jaunt. It’s sure been a crazy winter/spring thus far. More surprises in feathers and weather keep us guessing here in Maine. Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

  9. A sweet and hopeful picture of spring painted with words…:-) ❤

  10. Beautiful poem and photo, Bette. I love the “snowflake confetti.” I hope spring isn’t too far off 🙂

  11. Beautiful poem, Bette. My daffodils made it through two snowfalls with more than 8 inches of snow. Just proves that spring cannot be deterred, once it begins.

    • Our daffodils are shouting–HURRY! Through snow, sleet and freezing rain, our golden spring blooms remain a reminder that patience does day off. Happy Spring! So glad you stopped by for a visit, Barbara. 🙂 ❤

  12. A lovely poem, and the graphic is perfect for it. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • Thank you, Cathleen. We’re enjoying a sunny spring weekend, without winter’s company this time. Delighted you stopped by for a visit. Happy spring! 🙂 ❤

  13. I adore birds, and I’m so lucky that a pair of cardinals seem to favor my yard and the Sunflower mixed seeds I got them 🙂

    • Lucky we are, indeed! It never ceases to amaze me when our find feathered friends stop my for a treat or two. We had a Hairy Woodpecker visit today. Thanks for adding to the sweet chatter. May your week filled with wonders! 🙂

  14. Lovely spring! When the birds come back we know beautiful spring has arrived, even if we got more snow.

  15. Lovely poem and what a great photo – still winter eh! I’ve just come back from a beautiful albeit still wintery Sweden to the warm tenderness of Spring in the UK, delighting in daffodils, tulips and magnolias in full bloom. Such a colourful contrast. Enjoy your migrating birds. Warmest wishes to you.

    • Hi, Annika. Sounds like you’re already enjoying a sensational spring in the UK. Ours will arrive, too; just a matter of when. Despite today’s clouds and bluster, a myriad of songbirds are munching at the lilac tree whose leaf buds are ready to burst before long. Have a wonderful day, my friend! 🙂

  16. Beautiful, Bette. We are waiting on the junkos to migrate! Spring offers such contrasts!

    • Thanks, Noelle. Goldfinches arrived today, bringing us golden rays as a promise on a gloomy day. The sun will come out tomorrow! Blessings & love 🙂 ❤

      • Our goldfinches aren’t here yet either – the thistle awaits them! Right now we have NO birds because our roof is being replaced and the noise is driving them away.

  17. That was lovely! Thanks so much for linking up this post at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com this week!
    Tina

  18. Enjoying everyone’s enthusiasm for the coming spring and the warmer weather!

    Here’s a little poem I thought of that makes me appreciate each day from a bird’s eye view:

    said a little bird
    step into my shoes
    see the world from my view
    high above the world so blue

    there’s much to glean
    from fields so green
    see the world from my view
    high above the world so blue

  19. Reblogged this on Religion & Science for Mind & Body and commented:
    I believe Winter is on its way out!😘

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