Poetry and the Promise of Spring


There are lots of themes with the Promise of Spring: fertility, rebirth, inhaling, receiving, remembering, cleaning, renewal, healing, smithcraft, calling in protection and prosperity, relighting the fires, and – poetry!

Why poetry? Perhaps it’s because winter is often drab and feels like something to be endured. When life begins stirring as trees begin to bud, flowers peak through the snow, and baby animals breathe in new life, it inspires us to get in touch with our inner poet. Nature stimulates the inner artist in such a way that we want to give back. We reciprocate our gratitude with words.

Poetry is a way to be vulnerable and truthful. Your words create a snapshot of this present moment. Whether you are writing about something ugly or exquisitely moving, words fix it in a way that can be remembered and shared. The Promise of Spring is a time of remembering, so perhaps you write something that you once lived. Or maybe you write about something that’s happening right now.

Poetry is healing. It helps emotions to flow so that they don’t stay stuck inside. Poetry isn’t a hurricane type of release, but a slow, easy one. The Promise of Spring is also gradual, so writing poetry or songs is a way to stay in sync with the energy of the season.

Poetry is the language of love. What better time to fall in love than the Promise of Spring when life is beginning to pop its heads out of its wintry dens? Whether you re-fall in love with Nature, yourself, or someone else, love renewed is always invigorating for the soul.

Poetry is growth producing. When we look at something anew or see it for the first time, it awakens something within us that wasn’t there before. We engage with it for a moment, and it becomes a part of us. When we read someone else’s poetry, it can inspire us to go into new places, feel new things, and want new things.

Poetry is connecting. While I think we all have thought that we experience or feel things that no one else possibly could, poetry proves that’s not so. We see our shared humanity through poetry. It removes time, culture, gender, and ethnicity. A thousand year old poem can feel just as fresh as it was the day it was written.

The Promise of Spring is upon those of us in the northern hemisphere! For those who like the set date, it’s sunset on February 1st. If you follow the solar calendar, it’s Feb 4 this year. If you don’t have a traditional ritual, why not consider making poetry a part of your celebration? The Promise of Spring tends to be a small, quiet observance, so poetry fits right in.

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