Be Glad, Don’t Wait

April 7, 2015

 

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Another Spring
by Christina Rossetti

If I might see another Spring
I’d not plant summer flowers and wait:
I’d have my crocuses at once
My leafless pink mezereons,
My chill-veined snow-drops, choicer yet
My white or azure violet,
Leaf-nested primrose; anything
To blow at once, not late.

If I might see another Spring
I’d listen to the daylight birds
That build their nests and pair and sing,
Nor wait for mateless nightingale;
I’d listen to the lusty herds,
The ewes with lambs as white as snow,
I’d find out music in the hail
And all the winds that blow.

If I might see another Spring –
Oh stinging comment on my past
That all my past results in ‘if’ –
If I might see another Spring
I’d laugh today, today is brief
I would not wait for anything:
I’d use today that cannot last,
Be glad today and sing.

 

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One Response to “Be Glad, Don’t Wait”

  1. shoreacres Says:

    I’ve not read this poem. It’s a delight. And what an acerbic aside, tucked into that last stanza. True, too. I’ve always been prejudiced against Rossetti, though I don’t know why. Maybe I was introduced at a time when she didn’t appeal, or through the wrong poems. I’m glad to be remedying that.


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