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Leaping Greenly!

Thursday, May 02, 2013

There's that bright fresh green fuzz on the trees which are once again "leaping greenly" -- and of course e.e. cummings' great poem about spring always comes to mind when I see new leaves unfolding:


i thank You God for most this amazing
day: for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes

(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun's birthday; this is the birth
day of life and love and wings; and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)


how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any - lifted from the no
of all nothing - human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?


(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)



That first line is often misquoted, "for this most amazing day". But that's not it. Even though it's posted in several places on the internet that way. There IS lots of gratitude. But for cummings, primarily "for most this amazing day".


Could I possibly enjoy spring as much if I hadn't endured some of those coldest greyest winter days? Yes, even despite some brilliant sparkly afternoons of xc skiing, there were still many dawns dark and dreary when it did seem possible I'd died and wasn't ever going to feel alive again. OK to admit it now.

It's no coincidence that my birthday jacket for myself is just this leaping greenly colour!

Early May must be the most beautiful time of the year.

Exuberance. Exhilaration.

Right here. Right now.

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SUSANNAH31 5/5/2013 11:05AM

    A beautiful poem for springtime!
Thanks for posting it for us.

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NOLAZYBUTT110 5/5/2013 2:18AM

    I praise G*d most days... for the days... the singing of the birds.... I am sure they are praising G*D daily... I love their songs! I alway say thank you to G*D for each new day ,,, and for the rain and sunshine that rinsg the flowers in may and June.... but we need to thank him for everything because he does it all for.... us! susana

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DONNACFIT 5/4/2013 10:31AM

    Thanks for bringing spring to life for me..even if spring hasn't quite sprung here yet..at least it is warm and sunny and the snow is almost all gone..I see the start of green in the lawn and rejoice after the looong winter!!

This is probably the latest I have not found a crocus yet!! usually the lilacs and apple blossoms and wild sweet peas are blooming by my birthday on the 18th and they have no leaves yet!! Spring will come in it's own sweet time :)

May I'm celebrating all the great events and I consider your Birthday right up there with the best of times!! Happy Birthday!! I love May!!

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KANOE10 5/4/2013 9:48AM

    Lovely poem. Your jacket is a great way to celebrate your birthday! I love leaping green. I bought my leggings in a bright green color for spring.

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CANNIE50 5/3/2013 11:16PM

    So, so lovely - thank you for taking the time to share this with us. Today was such a glorious Spring day that the words truly resonated for me.

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CARRAND 5/3/2013 5:23PM

    Great poem, and one I didn't know.

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KALIGIRL 5/3/2013 3:56PM

    "Exuberance. Exhilaration. Right here. Right now."
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DDOORN 5/3/2013 8:52AM

    YES! With you on all accounts! Some pine with wishes that we could have such weather all year around. How BORING! Those harsh winters and intense summers make days like these all the more sweet!

Love commings writings!

Don

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NANCY- 5/3/2013 8:17AM

    Appreciation of what we have today is truly a blessing. Oft there are many gifts just before us that we never see or take for granted.
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You have a wonderful gift of not only seeing what is before you but sharing it with others. Thanks for being you.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 5/3/2013 8:04AM

    Thank you for this. e e cummings was one of my favorite poets when I was in school. I had forgotten this one.

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SWAZY33 5/3/2013 5:50AM

    It is such a beautiful time of year...everything coming back to life :)

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_LINDA 5/3/2013 1:36AM

    Love, love the lime green! No green here yet, but seeing the beaver out of hibernation was a treat! The day was warm for a change and partly sunny. Not only did we have the coldest and longest winter on record, it was also the greyest, so a triple whammy! So very happy to see the sun and warmth once again!
Here is to the awakening of life renewed once more!

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PHOENIX1949 5/3/2013 12:29AM

    Nice blog. Here in Central Texas we have a late freeze snap predicted for this weekend which will nip those Spring buds - hopefully not too much damage.

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PHEBESS 5/2/2013 10:58PM

    sweet spring is your time
is my time
is our time
for springtime is love time
and viva sweet spring



LOL - I always forget the love time - and I know you'll know where that came from.

My favorite line of your poem is the "blue dream of a sky" - e.e. is wonderful, isn't he???

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CRYSTALJEM 5/2/2013 10:33PM

    Yes yes yes!

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BOOKAPHILE 5/2/2013 10:16PM

    There are two big Japanese Maple trees in a yard I can see from my living room. Your "leaping greenly" phrase reminds me of their behavior after the leaves come out. When the wind blows through the leaves, all the outside edges of the trees move in different "fluffy" patterns. It's mesmerizing just to watch. All the other trees seem much more unified in their blown behavior.

God is an amazing artist!

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MEADSBAY 5/2/2013 10:08PM

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Beautiful thoughts!
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ONEKIDSMOM 5/2/2013 8:51PM

    emoticon You made me smile. Greenly!

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