Yesterday, one of my rose bushes surprised me with this gorgeous first bloom of the season.
Fellow Los Angeles area blogger Kevin (at The Jimson Weed Gazette) and I recently had a brief email conversation that involved a reference to Max Von Sydow in Hannah and her Sisters. Von Sydow plays one of the best curmudgeons in cinematic history, and his character's crusty view is contrasted against a story line woven around an impossibly beautiful ee cummings poem.
Spring has a similar approach to storytelling. It juxtaposes all kinds of gaudy hope, promise and loveliness against the cold, grouchy bones of winter. How nice for all of us.
That cummings poem featured in the film has a lot to say about spring's first rose. (I'll bet it looked something like this one.)