Monday, April 06, 2009

The Wind

Awakened by the sound of gusting winds, I changed the poem I'd planned to highlight today. The wind will feature prominently in my weather today, ushering in much colder temperatures unseasonably cool for this time of year.

I saw you toss the kites on high
And blow the birds about the sky;
And all around I heard you pass,
Like ladies' skirts across the grass--
O wind, a-blowing all day long,
O wind, that sings so loud a song!

I saw the different things you did,
But always you yourself you hid.
I felt you push, I heard you call,
I could not see yourself at all--
O wind, a-blowing all day long,
O wind, that sings so loud a song!

O you that are so strong and cold,
O blower, are you young or old?
Are you a beast of field and tree,
Or just a stronger child than me?
O wind, a-blowing all day long,
O wind, that sings so loud a song!

by Robert Louis Stevenson
Scottish novelist, poet, essayist
1850 - 1894

Portrait by
John Singer Sargent

What's the weather like where you are?

PS Most dramatic April weather in my memory? April 4, 1987 - 4 inches of snow in Rome, GA. Picture may follow.... if I can find it :)

Or remember the tornado that came through the campsite on April 1st, girls? What year was that?


  1. What's the weather like right now in Chicago? Cold and snowy. Again. :( I'm hoping that springtime will kick into gear SOON.

    I don't quite remember what year it was that we were camping in the tornado, but I do know that we were at Jago mountain. I think I was 12 or 13...?

  2. Like you, I have cold and windy. I put a space heater in the bathroom and am wearing wool socks and a wool sweater. Perfect poem!

  3. Hey Miss Dana...
    I will be looking for the GA cherry blossoms next year...perhaps a bike game?
    Thanks for visiting!

  4. Great poem -- and just as I read it this morning the day went from sunny to dark and thundering. I had to unplug the computer and send the kids out to put the goats in the barn -- thunder and lightening frightens them so -- and it poured for about an hour.

    The rest of the day was sunny until it started pouring again just as it was time for me to pick Mike up from work.

    Typical fickle spring weather!