Awake, thou wintry earth –
Fling off thy sadness!
Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth
Your ancient gladness!
...Only she doth carry
June in her eyes, in her heart January.
April hath put a spirit of youth in everything.
And Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.
–Percy Bysshe Shelley
A little madness in the Spring
Is wholesome even for the King.
A Light exists in Spring
Not present on the Year
At any other period —
When March is scarcely here
A Color stands abroad
On Solitary Fields
That Science cannot overtake
But Human Nature feels.
– Emily Dickinson
Model Carolyn Jernigan Photographed in Florida by Emma Kathan.