Sunday, April 10, 2011


On top of the earth
where green touches the hills ~
in spring, in summer, with daffodils,
with dandelions scattered through untilled fields,
with waterfalls and ferny fronds
companioning winding creeks; and
grassy knolls surrounding sunlit ponds...

That is where my heart thrives ~
among dahlias, lilacs, and rosy thorns
scenting life with fragrant morns,
and gentle nights of rounded moons,
inhaling reminiscent blooms
of many lost, yet, joyful Junes...

Warming seasons created to
make lips smile, hearts leap,
feet dance to earthy song;
and earth's turning, ever-moving
old winter right along...

'Til spring emerges, and summer follows
into every nook, into every hollow,
with greening leaf and budding flower
bestowed by Mother Nature's power..

An overwhelming gift of rarest beauty,
a rejuvenation, a resurrection of life ~
when earth renews, when earth revives...
Yes, that is when my heart truly thrives.

~ Hazelmarie Elliott


Unknown said...

Lovely poem. Your photos always make me think elves are going to pop out from behind a tree...!

Barbara Anne said...

Welcome back, Jo!

The picture and poem are just the nicest way to start the day!


MadSnapper said...

this is a place i would like to spend time, just sitting and watching the stream and feeling and hearing the peace and quite.

DJan said...

Bring on spring! Is that picture taken nearby and recently? It's so lovely and serene. And the poem is so perfect with it.

Stella Jones said...

I'm back in England now and enjoying three days of perfect weather. No red buds or dogwoods but lots of other pretty things!

I loved your picture and poem. Spring is a wonderful season, isn't it.

Christine said...

Welcome back Jo! I've missed you dear friend. Lovely post today; I'd love to be beside that beautiful stream to daydream.

Louise said...

Beautiful, so calm, peaceful -- and GREEN!

roxie said...

My favorite time of year!

Julie Harward said...

Beautiful...I could just sit by that stream for hours! ;D

Country Gal said...

Welcome back, hope you had a good break. Lovely poem and picture. Have a great day !

Betsy Brock said...

Several days of warm temps and rain have really made the grass here green up! So lovely!

George said...

Thanks for sharing this wonderful poem and picture.

Susan Freeman said...

This just warms my heart!

Lots of love,
Susan and Bentley

Ann-Marie ~ Brambly said...

Such lovely words and the photo is magical.


Babs said...

Jo, Welcome back. I hope you had a good break. Beautiful photo.

DeniseinVA said...

A lovely post Jo, such a peaceful and serene photograph to go with this splendid poem.

Maura @ Kisiwa Creek Photography said...

I miss seeing places like this Jo. What a beautiful poem...the words are perfect for this time of year. We're getting things done around here finally and the picket fence will soon be ready for staining and the ground is being leveled where the long building once stood and the foundation of the old barn will soon be buried. The one good thing about that is that they had laid a bunch of natural stone before they poured the concrete all those many years ago. We're keeping all the stone :)and I already have places to put it. Slowly but surely we're getting there. I hope you're having a wonderful morning.
Maura :)