Bacon on the Bookshelf

Savory picks for the free range reader

Spring Is The Season (Part 2)


Spring is lovely and hopeful and all that as the world renews itself around us. Spring can also be wet and cold, and sometimes dark moods overtake us. Here’s another poem and photo essay from The Backyard Poem Collection…


Spring Is The Season (Part 2)

Spring is the season of blooms

and decay,

Cherry blossoms heading to the gutter,

Red buds slumming on the sidewalks,

Tulips singing in chorus

then losing their minds

one by one.

Pin oak leaves cling, waiting for things

that may some day, or one day, or never, come.

Weeds root in poor places,

Seeds dream of a future
Of fluttering – falling – uncertain at best.

In the ivy that creeps up the side of the house –

Thank God for the house finches building their nest.

*      *      *

Photos taken on my Iphone X.

Want to read another Backyard Poem? Click here.

Image of house finch copyright here.



  1. Love it when you do this. Word bath for all!

  2. I love finding beauty in the ugly. Life is not all cherry blossoms and buttercups, is it?

  3. Hey Jennifer, Today’s poem and accompanying images are especially meaningful and I have forwarded the post to an artist friend who is in a creative ditch right now. I think it will give him pause to think and consider his state of mind.

  4. Much to ponder and praise in this inspiring piece. So much that is extraordinary in the ordinary!

  5. Jennifer, love the “singing in chorus, then losing their minds, one by one”, had never thought of spring as a time of dying and decaying too. Beautifully presented. Thanks.

  6. Such a lovely way to start the day! Thank you, Jennifer.

  7. So lovely on this rainy, dreary spring day in DC. I particularly like the lines about tulips losing their minds, and weeds rooting in bad places.

  8. Jennifer, I cannot tell you how much this affected me today. You have such a gift for looking deeply at the world. You are such a light, made even brighter by your awareness of the darkness.

  9. There is indeed a yin and a yang to all aspects of life. Thank you, Jennifer.

Leave a Reply