April 8, 2018

How many more will I see?

“Whan that Aprill with his shoures soote
: When April with its sweet-smelling showers
2 The droghte of March hath perced to the roote,
Has pierced the drought of March to the root,”

—Geoffrey Chaucer. (late 14Th century)

By heaven, I do love: and it hath taught me to rhyme, and to be melancholy.

—William Shakespeare, “Love’s Labour’s Lost” (1597)

Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!

—Sitting Bull (1895)

In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.
—Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1835)

“Now, of my threescore years and ten,
Twenty will not come again,
And take from seventy springs a score,
It only leaves me fifty more.

And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
About the woodlands I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow.”

–A.E. Houseman, “A Shropshire Lad” (1890)

You know how it is with an April day
When the sun is out and the wind is still,
You´re one month on in the middle of May.
But if you so much as dare to speak,
A cloud comes over the sunlit arch,
A wind comes off a frozen peak,
And you´re two months back in the middle of March.”

—Robert Frost (1934)

Today the young pay little attention to spring. (Maybe rhey are too busy with iPhones and Climate Change protests?).

God, how I wish I were young again and able to walk in the sweet-smelling rain, see the cherry trees white with snow, turn to thoughts of love, and see the results!

Bill Stonebarger, Owner/President, Hawkhill

P.S Looking for gift for people, young or old, who have everything but care about ideas—devout religous to strident mid-life left-liberal clergy to old-guy conservative libertarian. I suggest you buy, give, and read yourself one of my recent books (cheap and, in my opinion, good reads.)—Twilight or Dawn? A Traveler’s Guide to Free-Market Liberal Democracy, East Gilman Street, or Bill’s Blogs. Or view some very good sound ideas on science, religion, capitalism, and democracy videos streamed free on YouTube.

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