How Do You Know?



How do you know, deep underground,
Hid in your bed from sight and sound,
Without a turn in temperature,
With weather life can scarce endure,
That light has won a fraction’s strength,
And day put on some moments’ length,
Whereof in merest rote will come,
Weeks hence, mild airs that do not numb;
O crocus root, how do you know,
How do you know?
~Thomas Hardy from “The Year’s Awakening”


Only a handful of days with temperatures over 50 degrees F and the ground begins to crack with sprouting bulbs.  They are emerging early, sadly misled that winter is done.  In any case, it is glorious to see them. I won’t be surprised to hear the peepers starting their night chorus before long.

The year awakens despite the darkness when I leave for work in the morning and the darkness when I return.  We are turning a corner, staggering and bleary-eyed, emerging from the underground, preparing to face the light.



5 thoughts on “How Do You Know?

  1. Here too, the almond buds are pushing, Scharly is shedding and the narcissus/paper whites are blooming. Days are getting longer… gentle reminders of the Spring to come.


  2. Here in the extreme-ish Northeast, the temps are suggesting mid-March.. that could all change in February — drastically! But it’s nice while it lasts. And indeed, how do they know — the bulbs. Mysteries. 🙂


  3. “… awakens despite the darkness …”

    Your words, Emily, promising the fulfillment of the hope that our indwelling Faith brings to
    us, once fully understood, bring His Light to a badly hurting darkened world.
    Thank you for being that messenger today.


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