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Poetry Sunday-Retreating to Spring


Retreating to Spring



As I reflect on the garden these days,

I find my mind retreating

to the spring colors,

of bulbs popping up-

the subtle greens emerging

and dotting the brown wet soil.

Of beginning again…always a new start.



 © Donna Donabella 2016


March means spring is on its way…even if the weather is cold and snowy.  We know it isn’t far off.  And as spring approaches, the bulbs start to pop up with the snow’s retreat.


With our unusually warm weather, the snow retreated already and bulbs are up.  I am renewed each spring as if my life has the beautiful gift of starting over…..nothing is the same, and I am ready for all the new wonders about to be shown!



I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog, and Sanaa@A Dash of Sunny for her Prompt Nights every Friday.  I am not sure if this poem fits with the ‘Faith, healing’ theme, but the new growth of spring is my healing…it is where I find my spiritual place!

sprouts collage

Please visit these fabulous poetry blogs to read some more wonderful verse.



I leave you with a few additional words about retreating to spring.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.

retreating to spring

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  1. March 13, 2016    

    It is such an exciting time of year isn’t it?
    And, on this side of the world, our summer seems to have no end. And our spring bulbs are shooting. At least six months too early.

    • March 19, 2016    

      Wow, the unending summer…lucky you? And spring bulbs blooming 6 months early…very strange!

  2. March 13, 2016    

    Here’s to new beginnings and to all the pretty flowers and happy green leaves!

    • March 19, 2016    

      Here, here! Bring it on…spring in all her glory!

  3. March 13, 2016    

    The world does offer us new starts – every day if we choose to look and accept them – even in the smallest way – and maybe seeing those small windows of light is the only thing that counts..the shape of your poem made me think of both a bulb and an egg timer – the seasons do seem to turn quicker with gathering years

    • March 19, 2016    

      Indeed we need to be alert to see those new starts.

  4. March 13, 2016    

    What a great season of hope made manifest by those Spring bulbs flowering.

    • March 19, 2016    

      I couldn’t agree more Robin…those spring bulbs bring in the new season beautifully!

  5. March 13, 2016    

    This is absolutely gorgeous writing 🙂 love the idea of Spring serving as means of faith and healing.
    Beautifully executed. Thank you so much for participating at Prompt Nights Donna 🙂

    Lots of love,

    • March 19, 2016    

      The seasons and nature always heal me and are my spirituality…..I am so glad you enjoyed this poem and I hope to participate in Prompt Nights again in the near future.

  6. March 13, 2016    

    We always need a brand new start, Donna. It is an indication that we are alive.

    Can’t wait for spring too but.. I have pollen allergy.

    • March 19, 2016    

      Me too, and I know I will be sneezing soon once the pollen is unleashed in volume….

  7. HA HA
    March 13, 2016    

    A new start indeed… Lovely!

  8. March 13, 2016    

    love[ly] beginnings Donna; dont forget when you drop by Monday W Rites tomorrow to pick up and use the button on your blog

    have a blessed Sunday

    much love…

    • March 19, 2016    

      Thanks Gillena…I will have to remember to participate in your Monday meme.!

  9. March 13, 2016    

    I just read a phrase: “Spring seen as a medicine for soul”… In your post, it is the same idea of healing, the rebirth of nature through bulbs, new buds, new leaves.
    So lovely images from your garden, images of nature’s awakening still covered in snow but under the warm rays of sun!
    Poetry is in the eyes of viewer, just like the beauty!
    Best regards in March and welcome back, Donna! Hope you had a great time of relax!

    • March 19, 2016    

      I did have a wonderful time away with family…thanks Alexa….my garden has always been a healing place for me!

  10. CC CC
    March 13, 2016    

    I like the visual of “dotting the brown wet soil.”

    • March 19, 2016    

      It is an amazing sight in early spring in my garden, when I see those dots of color!

  11. Bjorn Rudberg Bjorn Rudberg
    March 13, 2016    

    Love when it comes… not yet here… but soon the first green leaves will touch us.

    • March 19, 2016    

      It is slowly coming on here but we are back to several cold days and nights…waiting for the warm up sticking around.

  12. March 13, 2016    

    I love all these spring photos…our early blooms have been up for a couple of weeks now, too……..I love the beginning again aspect of spring.

    • March 19, 2016    

      It is a perfect time to start things Sherry….and I hope once our cold snap leaves in a few days we will see more blooms pop up!

  13. March 13, 2016    

    This so reminds me of Colorado weather right now. Bulbs starting to come up… but that lingering feeling that winter isn’t over, and that all this life might run into harsher weather soon. All very fragile.

    • March 19, 2016    

      Exactly…our spring is similar. We are now in a cold snap again, but hopefully the weather will become spring-like again and stay for a long time to come.

  14. March 13, 2016    

    Like the new beginning every time…we can be these green bulbs more often if not attach every time to old thoughts…and besides…it’s hard for humans to accept new growth in the darkness…with no witnesses…
    my thoughts these days….

    • March 19, 2016    

      You are correct humbird….we have to let go of the old to embrace the new.

  15. March 13, 2016    

    And what a glorious beginning it is when you see green for the first time each year!
    Your words always bring such joy.

    • March 19, 2016    

      Thanks Mary….you give me so much joy too!

  16. March 13, 2016    

    I thought you caught the spirituality of spring just beautifully. In my part of the world we are waiting for autumn to arrive after many long hot days of late..

    • March 19, 2016    

      Another beginning, autumn…a time when the garden begins to fade and gets ready for sleep….I love that season too!

  17. March 13, 2016    

    Spring and its newness never gets tired. Happy gardening,


  18. March 13, 2016    

    I’ve reached the point of going out every day to walk around the garden and look for signs of spring bulbs coming up or new growth and buds on hellebores — but nothing yet. Thanks for sharing yours.

    • March 19, 2016    

      I can’t believe with all the cold recently that the hellebores are blooming.

  19. March 13, 2016    

    Cheers to new beginnings!

  20. March 13, 2016    

    Enjoy the early spring, beautiful piece.

  21. Tatius Tatius
    March 14, 2016    

    Waiting for those flowers to bloom and the warmer days to spend time outside, great words for a new beginning.

  22. PT PT
    March 14, 2016    

    So much said in so less words…
    How great it is always to see a new start…a new begining

    • March 19, 2016    

      I love to use less words so glad you enjoyed them!

  23. March 14, 2016    

    Donna, I love the bulbs popping up from the snow-covered ground. It is a little miracle that renews us with faith. Beautiful 🙂

    P.S. This is me, Loredana. I have a new WordPress blog on creative writing only.

    • March 19, 2016    

      I can’t wait to come by and dig in to your new blog!

  24. March 14, 2016    

    this is lovely, the photos and the poem.
    i love the joy in the poem, anticipating the coming of spring. 🙂

    • March 19, 2016    

      So much joy to express when spring comes along!

  25. Kerry O'Connor Kerry O'Connor
    March 14, 2016    

    Nothing pleases me more than the sight of Spring bulbs breaking through the earth. Such a moment deserves a poem!

  26. March 14, 2016    

    I hadn’t focused on the idea of new beginnings for a while. Your words helped bring me back to a hopeful place of expectation and made me think of renewing some courage to change what needs changing. Thanks so much.

  27. March 14, 2016    

    It seems waaaaay too soon for this to be happening, Donna, but it’s the same here in the Netherlands! Astrid’s hyacinths and daffodils are blooming at the front AND the back of our 2nd floor apartment. There has been some night frost but all still seems well. Spring is definitely on it’s way. But we never had your snow, so that’s maybe the only difference?

    • March 19, 2016    

      Early spring is always a risk but it seems that the months ahead will also be warmer than usual so I am looking forward to letting the gardening begin!

  28. Magical Mystical Teacher Magical Mystical Teacher
    March 14, 2016    

    I can tell you love new beginnings. So do I!

    • March 19, 2016    

      I think creating makes us love new beginnings.

  29. March 14, 2016    

    The miracle of life, that’s what Spring means to me, it means life which renews itself every year … wonderful your words and wonderful, as usual your post, my marvellous Donna !

    Hope your week is off to a great start,
    I wish you all my best for your days to come
    sending love to you


    • March 19, 2016    

      Absolutely Dany! Much love to you….

  30. March 14, 2016    

    New beginnings, new starts. Spring does seem like it is here as the world starts to green up again.

    • March 19, 2016    

      It is a slow spring, but it seems with the return of the female robins, and the warm weather returning mid week that there is no stopping it!

  31. ZQ ZQ
    March 14, 2016    

    Oh my, my good friend! Sweet and perfect!

  32. March 14, 2016    

    Cheery photos to brighten up the cold days. Spring will soon be here 🙂

  33. March 14, 2016    

    Loved this! “always a new start”, I thought, echoed the gist of my post this week. Life is about starting over … and over … the beauty lies in our ability to find the gift in that – and be thankful.

    • March 19, 2016    

      So nice to be in sync with starting over, Wendy…..

  34. March 15, 2016    

    Beautiful words, Donna, and lovely to see the shoots in the snow! Yes, plenty of spring signs here, despite night temps. being as cold as they have been through the winter months!

    • March 19, 2016    

      I am so in love with our slow spring and the very cold nights….brave bulbs blooming!

  35. March 15, 2016    

    I’m looking forward to doing more blogging in the near future so it’s a happy surprise
    to see so many poetry blogs out there! Thanks for sharing, Donna:)
    I love the sight of bulbs pushing up through rock hard ground. So brave and hopeful.
    Thanks for sharing your loveliness with the rest of us,

  36. March 15, 2016    

    I find this poem to be lovely: the idea of a new start. a new beginning. Yes, it’s a beautiful situation for one to be in.

  37. March 18, 2016    

    Beautiful perspective… Gives hope and a chance to start again!

    • March 19, 2016    

      I am pleased that you see that in the poem!

  38. March 19, 2016    

    This is lovely, Donna. And it reminds me of a little poem my mother wrote many, many years ago about the crocus being the first flower of spring – in the part of the country where she lived. Every year, those little flowers gave her new joy in the coming of spring as well.

    • March 19, 2016    

      How special Sandra to have a poem your mom wrote….I have a crocus poem coming up in a couple of weeks! They just sing spring….

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