Can we escape a midwinter spring?

Slice of Life Challenge #Day 28

I don’t pretend to understand T. S. Eliot and his poetry very well, but when one of his poems (part of the Four Quartets) popped up in my emails the other day, I read through it to try and fathom some meaning. Suddenly I was struck by some of its lines that somehow seemed to relate to this current crisis. They speak of  a midwinter spring coming too early, followed by snow blooming like blossom on the hedges, that later on will be covered with real may blossom.

Midwinter spring is its own season…..

If you came this way,
Taking the route you would be likely to take
From the place you would be likely to come from,
If you came this way in may time, you would find the hedges
White again, in May, with voluptuary sweetness.

So this is my thoughts on our current ‘midwinter spring being its own season’

I think we are caught in a midwinter spring that alarms

Is it here to stay or will tomorrow bring a fresh freeze?

Footsteps cannot be retraced but can we learn from the pattern?

Are we about to step on treacherous ice, or dangerous soil?

Can we lift our eyes defiantly and see how nature deceives?

Can we boldly step onto fresh terrain and pick up the challenge?

 ………………………

Yes, I believe we can, I am sure of it,

We must pick up the pace without actually moving.

We need to confront and stand firm and hold our gaze

Until we look up and find the hedges white again with the sweet scent of may.

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9 thoughts on “Can we escape a midwinter spring?

  1. Agreed! It’s been a super early spring and it is easy to get caught thinking it’s May rather than April. I wonder if we might get one of those mid April snows to complete this crazy, memorable, springs.

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  2. I read your poem (love how TS Eliot inspired you) and appreciate the hope in the second stanza. Right now we stand on “treacherous ice” and “dangerous soil” and so desperately need to believe in the white hedges “with the sweet scent of May”.

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  3. “We must pick up the pace without actually moving. / We need to confront and stand firm and hold our gaze / Until we look up and find the hedges white again with the sweet scent of may.”

    These lines will stay with me. Because yes, this IS what we can and must do.

    Thank you.

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  4. ‘We must pick up the pace without actually moving’, genius! Food for thought for me as a parent today as I begin home schooling. Thank you Celia xxx

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  5. I’m visiting blogs and posts I missed during April. Your words and so many of your posts have touched my heart. This poem is going into my collection that I’m making for my own notebook pages. I needed your words this morning:
    “We must pick up the pace without actually moving.
    We need to confront and stand firm and hold our gaze
    Until we look up and find the hedges white again with the sweet scent of may.”
    Thanks for writing the thoughts of your heart. Sending hugs and prayers your way.

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    1. Thank you so much Ramona. I really appreciate your comments. How wonderful to get your comment after the challenge is over, such an uplifter. I feel very privileged to be part of your notebook pages! I am also checking out many slices I missed over the next few days, so I’m glad to hear someone else is! Hugs and prayers back to you with love!

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