May the Angels protect you —
May the Sadness forget you —
May the Goodness surround you —
And may God always bless you —
Happy Easter!!! ~ author unknown
Taciturn turtle, Spartan of simple space,
Of what do you think as you make slow pace
Across the humming highway’s span?
So small a life to immerse
In the ferment of the Universe!
Yet, someway, you ,too, are akin to man.
~from To aTurtle by Maxine McCray Miller
A Little Madness in the Spring
A little Madness in the Spring
Is wholesome even for the King,
But God be with the Clown —
Who ponders this tremendous scene —
This whole Experiment of Green —
As if it were his own!
~ Emily Dickinson
He clasps the crag with crooked hands;
Close to the sun in lonely lands,
Ringed with the azure world, he stands.
The wrinkled sea beneath him crawls;
He watches from his mountain walls,
And like a thunderbolt he falls. — by Lord Alfred Tennyson
O Skunk! O King of Stinkards!
Only the Moon knows
You are her prettiest, ugliest flower,
Her blackest, whitest rose!
— from Skunk by Ted Hughes
In a watery mirror
the rugged raccoon
admires his face
by the light of the moon:
the mysterious mask,
the whiskers beneath,
the sliver of cricket
still stuck in his teeth.
— by Deborah Ruddell
Next came the peacock, splendidly arrayed
In many-coloured pomp; this he displayed
As if he were some proud, self-conscious bride
Turning with haughty looks from side to side.
— from: The Peacock’s Excuse by Farid ud-Din Attar
When the winds of March are wakening
The crocuses and crickets,
Did you ever find a fairy near
Some budding little thickets…?
— By Marjorie Barrows