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Delighted by eight short lines of poetry

Delighted by eight short lines of poetry

Posted By Sunny Lockwood

After weeks of winter weather, we’ve got a little springtime happening. The flowers are raising their heads and looking around. California poppies are turning hillsides orange. Lupine is painting meadows deep purple/blue.

And I’ve had this snippet of a springtime poem in my mind for days. I couldn’t remember the poet, and I couldn’t remember much from the poem. But I had enough – a couple of words: yellow crocus – and a feeling about the wonder of spring, the magic of creation.

So I started my Internet search. Could I find that poem I’d read with delight so many years ago? The answer is "Yes."

And since April is national poetry month, I shall share my find with you, hoping you enjoy it as much as I have.

First, a bit of background: the poem is written by Piet Hein, a Danish scientist, mathematician, inventor, designer, author, and (of course) poet. Piet Hein was born Dec. 16, 1905 and died April 17, 1996. If you go to his home page on the web, you’ll find a photograph of him, and the words "Co-existence or no existence."

There, now you know as much about him as I do. Except, of course, for his poem that caught my heart and imagination so many years ago.

The Miracle of Spring

We glibly talk

Of nature’s laws

But do things have

A natural cause?

Black earth turned into

Yellow crocus

Is undiluted

Hocus-pocus.

 

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