The Grace of the Crocus Blossom

March 9, 2017

“A single crocus blossom ought to be enough to convince our heart that springtime, no matter how predictable, is somehow a gift, gratuitous, gratis, a grace.”
— David Steindl-Rast

Crocus Chrysanthus by George Maw, from The Art of Botanical Illustration by Wilfrid Blunt and William T. Stearn

“Beside the porch step
the crocus prepares an exaltation
of purple, but for the moment
holds its tongue. . . .”
— Jane Kenyon, from “Mud Season”

An exaltation of purple


Crow with crocuses


2 Responses to “The Grace of the Crocus Blossom”

  1. shoreacres Says:

    Do you know I’ve never seen anything other than a potted crocus in a grocery store? At least, I don’t remember seeing them — and I think I would. Looking at your last illustration, I can’t help wondering: would a crow cuss?

  2. Katie Says:

    Wonderful depiction of crow in crocus! I think your birds are particularly fab.

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