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Heralds of Queen Spring   Leave a comment

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Above:  Tulips and Daffodils, Circa 1913

Photographer = Frances Benjamin Johnston (1864-1952)

Image Source = Library of Congress

(http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/fbj/item/2007685956/)

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

My great-grandmother’s original title for this poem was “Daffodils.”

As for me, I anticipate the arrival of Spring, especially given the fact I have just experienced my second Winter storm in two weeks.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

FEBRUARY 13, 2014 COMMON ERA

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Although North Wind still blustered,

And Jack Frost’s elfin sprites

Lift their fairy footprints

Everywhere o’nights,

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On looking through my casement

One bright though chilly dawn,

I saw heralds of Queen Spring

Marshaled on the lawn.

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Their sharp green spears more glittering

With jewels diamond-bright,

Scattered by the Frost King’s elves

In their madcap flight.

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With golden trumpets lifted

The fairy notes rang clear,–

“Begone, Begone! oh, Jack Frost,

Spring is almost here!”

NELLIE SEGUIN FOX BARRETT

TIGNALL, GEORGIA

1920-1922

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