Soon a host of lovely flowers
From vales and woodland burst;
But in all that fair procession
The crocuses were first.
–from “The Crocuses” by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (1825-1911)
The magnificent artwork above is the second precious gift Lori-Anne C sent in honor of my one little word (1LW). [See previous post for the first]. She sent it with the following note, explaining its serendipitous connection to my 1LW:
. . . No matter how I worked your tulips, they kept looking to me like crocus.
It got me to thinking of how the crocus is often our first flower to pop up through the cold dirt and show its glory . . . spring! As though it’s celebrating the returned warmth of the sun . . . in deep yellow and purple.
Maybe this year, a crocus is good . . . for both of us.
Your word “rise” —
A crocus isn’t very tall, but its colour and determination to push through and rise are deep and strong.
Yes, the early crocus and what it has to survive and grow through [especially in Ontario, Canada] to reach the sun and bloom strong may, in fact, be perfect [for your one little word].
Lori-Anne intended to send the flowers for International Women’s Day, but her muse had other plans. The sunflowers and crocuses and her meditation on the crocus’s struggle and determination to rise contribute beautifully to my journey.