In honor of the first day of spring, I wanted to share a poem that I honestly can't believe I haven't shared yet, as it's one of my favorites! It also happens to be a favorite of my mom's, and she used to recite it on occasion. It's short, but has a very upbeat message that I find to be true. No matter how down-and-out things are, hyacinths can always bring your (or at least my) spirits up. Flowers in general do that for me - something bright and sweet to cheer up even the dullest days!
The poem is attributed to Moslih Eddin Saadi, a Mohammadan Sheik and Persian poet who lived in the 12th-13th centuries, and is usually called Hyacinths to Feed Thy Soul, or simply, Hyacinths:
If of thy mortal goods thou art bereft,
And from thy slender store two loaves alone
to thee are left -
Sell one, and with the dole
Buy hyacinths to feed thy soul.
I did a painting for my mom one year with the poem at the bottom. The picture's not that clear - I'll see if I can get a better one soon! For now, Happy Spring, everyone!!!