It’s time to enjoy the fresh air—and to send those Easter cards!
We at PAPYRUS know that a card’s inside message is just as important as a beautiful front cover. And that’s why we’ve curated a list of meaningful springtime poem excerpts to add some delight (and maybe even a little reflection) for your recipient.
1. Spring by Eliza Cook
Music, sweet music,
Cheers meadow and lea;—
In the song of the blackbird,
The hum of the bee;
The loud happy laughter
Of children at play
Proclaim how they worship
Spring’s beautiful day.
Watching children overcome with joy and excitement is one of the best parts of Easter. These short lines from Eliza Cook’s ‘Spring’ really capture the boundless, fresh energy that suffuses this beautiful springtime holiday.
2. Sea Poppies by H.D.
fluted with gold,
fruit on the sand
marked with a rich grain,
spilled near the shrub-pines
to bleach on the boulders:
your stalk has caught root
among wet pebbles
and drift flung by the sea
and grated shells
and split conch-shells.
fire upon leaf,
what meadow yields
so fragrant a leaf
as your bright leaf?
When winter finally passes, spring’s glorious renewal can almost catch you by surprise with its burst of colors and fresh air. Poet H.D.’s ‘Sea Poppies’ explores a salt-scraped beachside as the speaker wonders over a fire-leafed bloom. Share your own awe of spring and Easter’s glorious bounty with these lovely lines.
3. Lines Written in Early Spring by William Wordsworth
Through primrose tufts, in that sweet bower,
The periwinkle trailed its wreaths;
And ‘tis my faith that every flower
Enjoys the air it breathes.
The birds around me hopped and played:
Their thoughts I cannot measure,
But the least motion which they made,
It seemed a thrill of pleasure.
4. [O were my love yon Lilac fair] by Robert Burns
O were my love yon Lilac fair,
Wi’ purple blossoms to the Spring,
And I, a bird to shelter there,
When wearied on my little wing!
These two delightful little excerpts from William Wordsworth and Robert Burns each welcome one of spring’s happiest creatures: the bird! When spring comes, birds chirp and flowers bloom—the perfect tableau for celebrating Easter.
5. To the Thawing Wind by Robert Frost
Come with rain, O loud Southwester!
Bring the singer, bring the nester;
Give the buried flower a dream;
Make the settled snowbank steam;
Find the brown beneath the white;
But whate’er you do tonight,
Bathe my window, make it flow,
Melt it as the ice will go;
Melt the glass and leave the sticks
Like a hermit’s crucifix;
Burst into my narrow stall;
Swing the picture on the wall;
Run the rattling pages o’er;
Scatter poems on the floor;
Turn the poet out of door.
Where would poetry be without Robert Frost? Although this piece, ‘To the Thawing Wind,’ does have a stormy and blustering journey, it’s the excitement for being pushed outside to experience the coming spring that really moves us.