We Can’t Help Ourselves

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Perhaps we should be more like the pear tree

Eager to show itself in first taste of winter warmth

Enduring the cold dark days knowing in time…

The exact time, we will open joyfully for all to see


Or maybe like the daffodils impatient for winter’s end

Emerging in the cold dark light of a translucent sun

Pushing up through the dead of winter with bold confidence

Overcoming the fear of the dark and of cold frosty fingers


Exuding yellow sunshine while pear blossoms shine overhead

Rising in unmatched splendor reminding everyone to come out

Join together with us in choking off winter’s last raspy gasp…

in a glorious symphony of red buds, forsythias, and cherry blossoms


Our time is coming // to shine with unstoppable blooms of inspiration

Always filled with love waiting to burst forth when our time is right

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth



48 thoughts on “We Can’t Help Ourselves

  1. Lovely photos and poem, Dwight! ❤ My sister in DC just sent me photos of a maple with its red blooms! I always look forward to seeing trees in bloom!

    Oak trees around here bloomed and got new leaves in October, about three weeks after Hurricane Ian stripped them bare! Their little green tassels and bright new leaves were everywhere. They usually bloom in early February! Mother Nature is amazing! 🙂

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  2. We are in the midst of a cold snap with icy snow on the ground here in the Boston area. Your poem and photographs are a very welcome reminder of spring and love and beauty and the larger cycles of life here on planet earth. Thank you!!!

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  3. Oh dear, I’m so over this winter season. It started early and the cold has been relentless. Thankfully, signs of the season change are finally here and I’ll once again be able to go to the grocery store in my mankini without feeling so frozen. Have a great day Dwight, and the days to come!

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