A Hint of Spring, by James Whitcomb Riley

When I rode in this morning, the wind chill was in the negative Fahrenheit, and the water in my bottle froze solid by the time I got to work.  But I'll forgive New York it's bitterly cold spring in exchange for this sunrise.

When I rode in this morning, the wind chill was in the negative Fahrenheit, and the water in my bottle froze solid by the time I got to work. But I’ll forgive New York its bitterly cold spring in exchange for this sunrise.

A Hint of Spring

‘Twas but a hint of Spring—for still
The atmosphere was sharp and chill
Save where the genial sunshine smote
The shoulders of my overcoat,
And o’er the snow beneath my feet
Laid spectral fences down the street.

My shadow, even, seemed to be
Elate with some new buoyancy,
And bowed and bobbed in my advance
With trippingest extravagance,
And, when the birds chirpt out somewhere,
It seemed to wheel with me and stare.

Above I heard a rasping stir—
And on a roof the carpenter
Was perched, and prodding rusty leaves
From out the choked and dripping eaves—
And some one, hammering about,
Was taking all the windows out.

Old scraps of shingles fell before
The noisy mansion’s open door;
And wrangling children raked the yard,
And labored much, and laughed as hard,
And fired the burning trash I smelt
And sniffed again—so good I felt!

– James Whitcomb Riley

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2 thoughts on “A Hint of Spring, by James Whitcomb Riley

  1. Tell me about NY winter weather in Spring. Next I have a photo that makes us look like we live in the arctic I took just yesterday. Sunday it may be 60° and I can’t wait for the birds to have that sunny warm weather.

    • Ohhhhhh I can *almost* remember 60 degrees. Yeah, we had some red wing blackbirds come back a couple of weeks ago to stake out territory, but I think the cold snap silenced them. That’s the risk they run…if they come back early they get better territory…provided they survive.

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