raining quiet thunder….

I see you there,  little tenderling,
pushing through rock  hard earth,
reaching and stretching,
as the harsh night glazes over bitter cold
and still you breathe into the change,

Uncurling to sky and light and now,
opening wide the trueness of you.
Yes, I see you there,  brave one,
and my breath catches
and I have to stop
and hold my heart
because it rolls me

your fragile petals cupping sunshine and hope
in brittle frost that seems to slice right through your gentle way
and yet you stay
and pour your song out unafraid
and it gets me in the places where sometimes I still hide
and I marvel how you’re strong in a ways I only dream to be

dancing braver into the open
and deeper into the deep,
I hear your quiet thunder raining heaven over me.

(this little love note i write to you,  too,
dear one, who is braver than you know)

“Courage is found
in unlikely places.”
-J.R.R. Tolkien


  1. What bliss to finally embrace spring colors both so delicate and bold. We are still under much snow and I deeply appreciate your message here. Everything is pointing towards opening up this week. So I shall take your heed and “dance braver into the open”. You weave such uplifting magic, Jennifer. A true gift. Thank you! ♥

  2. Pure magic. Megathanks.

  3. Ah Jennifer, you haven’t lost your touch in welcoming Spring with such sense of wonder and awe. I’m always amazed at how nature forces these delicate beauties from the cold wet ground as they unwrap themselves one by one so perfectly to reveal their true colors. They come out to give us hope and to feed our winter weary souls. It makes me wonder what perfect beauty awaits us in heaven.

    Have a happy colorful week Jennifer.

  4. So beautiful! Those early bloomers amaze me, how they push up through the snow. Thanks for reminding me to dance brave into the open!

  5. Always beautiful Jen. Blessings.

  6. sigh….lucky you…….we are in a deep freeze again
    but I do appreciate your songs of joy…….ours will come in due time

  7. Oh, look, look, look at those! Someday we’ll see those here, too, and I know my heart will recall your beautiful words and how perfectly they express the joy of spring!

  8. what gorgeous colours!

  9. Beautiful words, jennifer, and beautiful photos. You have some spring?

  10. Did my heart good to see those fragile beauties, dancing bravely into the open. You’re ahead of us. Seems you always are. Blessings.

  11. I find these little delicate creations amazing too. They seem so vulnerable to just about everything, and yet they bring such joy.

  12. what a beautiful union of words and photos !!

  13. YEAH for color!!! Beautiful!

  14. Thank you for the love note, the encouraging words and beautiful, blooming beauties.

  15. So good, so honest and true. Love the images they call to me of Spring while we are still covered in snow 🙂

  16. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful…
    words and images to stir our winter-numbed hearts.
    Always, always, your poetry transports me and gladdens my soul.
    Thank you for that. xo

  17. Lovely!

  18. Brave little pioneers, harbingers of spring..

  19. Love these brave flowers of early spring and awaiting them in my garden soon.

  20. Love these brave flowers of early spring and awaiting them in my garden soon.

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