Ode to Crocuses

No other flower

is quite the harbinger of spring

as the mighty crocus.

Standing just six inches tall,

these floral pioneers first appear

when the ground is still cold.

The brave buds open in vivid hues —

royal blue, lavender,

lemon yellow and

crisp white.

No sight is lovelier

than a hillside carpeted in crocuses,

an army of spring tiding.

While passersby don scarves and hats,

the jovial crocus

offers hope for warm days ahead.

9 thoughts on “Ode to Crocuses

  1. I just saw yellow crocuses on my morning walk today, and really noticed them in a way I hadn’t before. I love how you give them center stage, honoring them as jovial pioneers. Lovely ode.


  2. I’ve never thought of crocuses as pioneers before. I quite love that metaphor, and now I have a newfound appreciation for their hardiness. Where are they blooming? In your yard or on a hillside you pass during your walks?


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