Sweet is Spring!

Spring is really sweet after a long and trying winter. This past Sunday, I was resting on a bench by the lake and soaking up the warmth of the sun when the magpie (pictured above) flew in. It perched itself right in front of me.

If you are superstitious, you might be saying: “Oh, a lone magpie! Sign of bad luck.” But not me. These birds can be silent companions. And this one obviously thought I needed a companion, as it tried to impress me with its acrobatic stunts.

Sweet is spring after long winter.

Anyway, I don’t know what is it that I’ll be planting this spring. Perhaps, listening to life and trusting that whatever it is I’m supposed to sow will reveal itself is what I do should. How about you? What are you planting (literally and metaphorically) this season?

Wishing you a restful Sunday & Happy Spring!

Khaya Ronkainen
Khaya Ronkainen is a writer, poet and creative professional. Her blog focuses on all things poetry and creative nonfiction.


  1. I’ve got some borage seed, and some seeds for arugula too, to plant in the shade. The novel I’m working on is still being babied in the greenhouse a bit more before I transplant it outside. Today is rather cold, a reminder that there is still a bit to go before things stay reliably warm. But I have cute sweaters and tea to hold me over.

  2. Oh, nice plans for your garden with both the starflower and arugula! I love the spicy kick of arugula in my salad dishes. I also like the idea of a novel being babied in the greenhouse 🙂 Enjoy the writing process!

  3. Sounds like mr magpie was wanting to get you to notice his antics and then be rewarded for his efforts with a smile! Be sure to plant some crazy-fun ‘seeds’ for the seasons ahead. Me? More music of course! There’s several pieces in the queue ready for recording, excited to get in the studio and do just that!

  4. Planting crazy-fun seeds sounds like a good idea. I can always give this a try, and see what it yields. You, more music. Yes please, let the world hear more of your beautiful music. Have fun too with recording!

  5. From your poetry, I know how much spring and being outside in nature feeds you, so I am delighted to read that you are out there.

  6. Thank you, Christina. This past winter has been really dark for me. And though I’m not yet out of the woods, the arrival of spring is a breath of fresh air.

  7. Magpies are much too pretty to bring bad luck. It was just good company. Love the spring(y) tone of the story–it left me smiling.

    This season, I’m growing tomatoes, wildflowers, sunflowers, gloriosa daisies and some corn (for the first time in pots). On the metaphorical sense… oh, so many things.

  8. Yes, magpies are pretty birds. But there are so many myths and legends about them, even in literature. In addition, I know of gardeners who have no love for them. 🙂 Anyway, as you know I’m trying to find beauty in everything.

    Oh, my! Your planned garden sounds like a feast for all senses, and definitely a labour of love in those pots. A really lovely activity for spring. With so many things to plant metaphorically, you’ve piqued my interest. I hope you’ll share some as you go along. Wishing you a wonderful birth month!

  9. Tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, cucumbers have all been started indoors. It is still cool here, even though trees are blooming and we are just passing peak daffodil. That old sun gets warmer as the days grow longer.

  10. How lovely, you have a lot going already with those indoor plants! I can’t wait to hear all about the spring happenings at the Salmon Brook Farm in your next newsletter. 🙂

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