Learning to love the lion of things…..

I will be grateful for the fires of winter
burning into the deep,  hard,  steely cold,
for the crackling sounds of earth giving up her strength
until ashes and coal
re-heated the heart and bones of me

and my soul sings thanks over old,  dirty snow,
over the slick of ice that skidded and slowed
what wanted to go faster,
wanted to outrun the gray skies closed in harsh
and find pretty things that pull my eyes
to softer places easier to see

blog crocus

  and I’ll call them good,  the little luminaries
in the bitter slow-going,
the bright little beings flocked close around the birdfeeder
and life calling me sometimes out
onto streets I didn’t want to travel,
for the ways it made me braver
and tugged me farther into the wilds of my soul
where seeds waited long for me to sing warm breath
over their hard little shells
until they,  too,  went green and glowing

and how odd that maybe it’s a rich thing ,
how slowly winterness melts and thins,
and draws it out long,   this waiting
for the stuff of fruit and herb and light and loam and bloom
and I’m grateful more than weary
for the lion of even tiresome things

blog daffys

I’m learning to love both the lamb and the lion of this thing called living:)

“….gone are the dark clouds that had me down,
it’s gonna be a bright,  bright
sunshiny day.”
-Jimmy Cliff

I’m gonna give away a copy of the March issue of my bright little zine,  Ripplesongs,
to the name I draw from the comments left on this post
……..jump on in,  if you like!
I’ll post the winner next Sunday:)


  1. Elephant's Child on March 8, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    My soul and my heart dance when they see you have posted. With reason.
    Long may your green things flourish.

    • Jennifer Richardson on March 11, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      Thanks so much for these kind words……they make my heart flourish:)

  2. gotham girl on March 8, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    always beautiful here…love ” the little luminaries!”

    • Jennifer Richardson on March 11, 2015 at 5:25 pm

      thanks for being such a luminary in my everydayness:)
      I love the beauty you share,

  3. Sue on March 9, 2015 at 4:52 am

    Ah, it’s hard to love that lion- looking forward to the lamb of Spring! Your photos add a sparkle to the day. Thanks for sharing!

    • Jennifer Richardson on March 11, 2015 at 5:26 pm

      It’s sometimes disappointing when the roar is so unfriendly-sounding,
      isn’t it.
      There was absolutely now growling today:)
      Hope you are warming and springing soon,

  4. Julia on March 9, 2015 at 7:25 am

    Dear Jennifer, I love how you embrace the lion and the lamb of life.
    I too love the warm fire that chases the chills away while I wait for life to emerge from beneath all the deep snow.

    On that special day when all the snow is gone and for the first time I can see the tulips poking through, it’s like a new birth. I’m looking forward to Spring.

    • Jennifer Richardson on March 11, 2015 at 5:27 pm

      I’m so looking forward to YOUR Spring for you, too…..I can’t even
      imagine how the endless snow on ground would make me feel smothered.
      You’ve weathered it well, friend.
      Such a sweet inspire (you)

  5. Celeste on March 9, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Beautiful – warms my heart!

    • Jennifer Richardson on March 11, 2015 at 5:28 pm

      Thanks, Celeste….I so appreciate your visit.
      So nice to meet you:)

  6. Kathryn on March 9, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Luminaries…I love that!! Thank you for sharing some spring with me! I am still buried in snow but now it is light in the evnings! I am hopeful. Peace to you, jennifer.

    • Jennifer Richardson on March 11, 2015 at 5:30 pm

      I love the growing light at end of day, too.
      Feels like at least the winterness gets a pink glow
      by end of day. I’m grateful for the dry ground now.
      And excited for your Spring to find you bright and open:)

  7. Jane on March 9, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    I love every snippet of your work and your soul!

    • Jennifer Richardson on March 11, 2015 at 5:31 pm

      I so appreciate your encouragement…..it lifts me, it does:)
      Your words have special wings right to where it matters for me.
      I’m grateful for you much:)

  8. Lady Fi on March 9, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    Beautiful shots of those luminaries! And lovely words about spring.

    • Jennifer Richardson on March 11, 2015 at 5:32 pm

      Thanks for sharing the view from behind my camera, friend;
      it’s an honor and a joy:)

  9. Barbara on March 10, 2015 at 1:01 am

    “Bloom where you’re planted.” I keep telling myself that – I’m where I am for a purpose and I should be grateful and just bloom. xoxoxo

    • Jennifer Richardson on March 11, 2015 at 5:33 pm

      Your bloom is beautiful, Barbara…..I can see it from here.
      Cheering for you over here….live and shine:)

  10. jeanie on March 10, 2015 at 7:25 am

    I hope, my friend, that someone is publishing your work professionally because it deserves it. This poem of life, of spring, of slogging through the rough to get to the beautiful, deserves to be read by more than your bloggie friends. It should be read and cherished by everyone for it is indeed true and honest and as bright a gem as that sweet crocus you show. Big hugs to you!

    • Jennifer Richardson on March 11, 2015 at 5:34 pm

      That is a hope I hold close to heart with lots of prayer and patience, friend:)
      I appreciate so much your encouraging sparkles;
      feel them to the core of me and I thank you that.
      Big hugs back:)

  11. Ann on March 10, 2015 at 8:47 am

    I love all the pictures of Spring that I am so ready for. I love to hear the words that just flow from your soul. I love you my sister

    • Jennifer Richardson on March 11, 2015 at 5:35 pm

      Thanks so much for coming by and shining your loveliness over here!
      I love you Ann;)

  12. Donna on March 10, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Lovely….I am learning to deal with the slow melt of winter and the slow melt of me….you have again given me much food or should i say seed for thought….

    • Jennifer Richardson on March 11, 2015 at 5:36 pm

      The slow melt of me…..ohhhhh I can sing that song along with you:):):)
      Yes, beautifully put and my heart leaps a little and nods an also to that.
      thanks for coming by and sharing your lovely words,

  13. susan on March 10, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    Oh my gosh, that little crocus is a small bit of heaven on earth! What magic is there. After what you wrote on my blog last week and what you have said here, I am reminded of Rainier Maria Rilke when he said: “Oh Earth, I need no more of your springtimes to remind me. Just one, just one is enough for my blood!” (I may have some small part wrong, I hold it in my memory.) Doesn’t that just say it all?

    • Jennifer Richardson on March 11, 2015 at 5:37 pm

      ohhhhh, that is beauteous:)
      Glad you could sip some of the crocus with me
      for a little bit
      and thank you for sharing your light over here:)

  14. Kathryn on March 11, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    Beautiful words…and those last three lines just moved me!!!

    • Jennifer Richardson on March 11, 2015 at 5:38 pm

      I’m glad you dropped by and shared a little while in the
      sunshine with me; thank you Kathryn:)

  15. Barbara on March 12, 2015 at 12:30 am

    Being fickle and forgetful humans, I think we need the cold and the hot, the gray and the sunshine, so that we can fully appreciate life! Beautiful post!

    • Jennifer Richardson on March 15, 2015 at 3:17 pm

      Fully appreciating life is something I want more of…..I love
      the way you do it:) Thanks for your visit,

  16. Lux Ganzon on March 12, 2015 at 4:51 am

    These are just too lovely for words.

  17. Anne on March 12, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    “easier” + “rich” = Knowing the Lion And The Lamb

    • Jennifer Richardson on March 15, 2015 at 3:19 pm

      thanks for coming by, Anne…..I love that:)
      always appreciate your perspective!
      I’m glad that you’re on this trail with me:)

  18. Kimber Britner on March 12, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    So sunshiny strong! Cheering you as you race toward springtime! Me too!

    • Jennifer Richardson on March 15, 2015 at 3:20 pm

      Thanks, friend;
      hope you’re feeling strong and stretchy soon, too;
      love you and your shining:)

  19. Susan on March 12, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    You are such a brave & shiny soul.

    • Jennifer Richardson on March 15, 2015 at 3:21 pm

      Thanks, friend……I so appreciate your kind words
      and that you come around with your bright self:)
      hope you’re seeing some greening soon,

  20. Louise Gallagher on March 14, 2015 at 7:53 am

    You light my soul
    with luminous joy
    your words
    a breath of fresh air
    calling the spring
    to blossom in my heart.

    • Jennifer Richardson on March 15, 2015 at 3:21 pm

      I love how your comments are poetry and
      the way they encourage my heart:)
      sooooo much thanks,

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