A Death Is Announced

White Peony

We are gathered here today

to remember Spring –

not as she was in her final days, but in her prime;

robust.  Green.  Alive.

As you all know,

she hasn’t been herself for quite some time now.

May the memories we have

of better, happier,

warmer days with her

be our joy and consolation.

She will live on in our hearts,

and in our vacations

taken in far away, sunnier places.

Please console each other as best you can,

for our grief over her passing so soon

is a difficult burden to bear.

Good-bye, Spring, good-bye.

Memorial donations may be made

out to Melody Lowes,

her long-time friend.

Melody plans to build an arboretum in Spring’s honour

in which to grow

the lettuce and spinach she craves this time of year.

Thank you all for coming,

and sharing in our moment of grief…

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29 comments on “A Death Is Announced

  1. Gallivanta says:

    I hope you have published this announcement in the newspaper. By the way, have you had the longest winter or the coldest winter or the latest spring in a hundred years or any of those record breakers? Winter fuel bills must be enormous.

  2. Heidi Viars says:

    you make me cry 😦

  3. The weather’s getting to you. I can tell.

    As to Gallivanta’s question, it feels like the latest spring in 100 years, but it may not be. It is late; we are far below our seasonal average and so much snow this past month — with more predicted for tomorrow.
    Then to make it feel worse, the Weather forecasters keep telling us “the next four days will be cool, but five days from now it’s going to hit 7 or 8 C. Each day the forecast is revised and our 7 or 8 C slowly recedes while we get -1 or 0.
    Correct me if I’m wrong, Melody, but I think +3 is our highest temp so far this month; it’s -10 at 7am this morning.

    • melodylowes says:

      I think you’re right – as for record-breaking, that is hard to tell. I know that some records weren’t accurately kept consistently enough in specific areas (amounts of snow for example) to be able to say with certainty whether this year breaks a certain record or not. I do know that April has been chillier than the average – going back how far in time, I can’t say because I don’t have that info. I have quit listening to the forecast. I did, however, buy my garden seeds. Act of faith?? 🙂

  4. lylekrahn says:

    So what’s your guess when the snow will be gone in all the unshaded areas?

  5. RoSy says:

    Good one!
    I’m crackin’ up at where the donations are to be sent 😆

  6. Debbie says:

    I’m sorry, I’m laughing! Your sense of humor is precious . .and needed! My donation is in the mail . .. 🙂

  7. Love this! Thanks for making me smile:) I’ve seen sightings of her, really, so she must be headed your way!

  8. Anonymous says:

    I noticed it was snowing this evening when I came home from work. Almost imperceptibly, as if winter were trying to sneak back again while folks were having supper.

  9. jaels says:

    Arrgghh. Thank God I wasn’t up there during the recent visitation of despair–I’d have jumped into the nearest icy waters. You need some electric hibiscus lights like I have–and some fresh pineapple, no matter what the cost.

    • melodylowes says:

      🙂 Fresh pineapple will do the trick! I bought myself the brightest geranium money can buy for my kitchen table, just to add some colour!

      • jaels says:

        I was going to buy hyacinths and roses on last week’s “$5 Friday” special–but since I hadn’t shopped in 2 weeks, I bought food. If it ever quits raining, I’ll get those flowers, you betcha!!

  10. Petro Neagu says:

    Wonderful poem! I love the humorous/sarcastic tone 🙂

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