Spring is in the air!

White blossoms in early spring evening light
White blossoms in early spring evening light

Every spring when the air starts smelling of new leaves and life, and lungs and heart open to the new spring smell, I remember my friend Sonja cycling next to me over the Theodor-Heuss-Brücke in Heidelberg reciting the one and only spring poem with a clear and strong voice:

 

Er ist’s

    von Eduard Mörike

Frühling läßt sein blaues Band
Wieder flattern durch die Lüfte;
Süße, wohlbekannte Düfte
Streifen ahnungsvoll das Land.
Veilchen träumen schon,
Wollen balde kommen.
– Horch, von fern ein leiser Harfenton!
Frühling, ja du bist’s!
Dich hab ich vernommen!

Magnolia flowers against blue spring sky
Magnolia flowers against blue spring sky

Untranslatable as it is, this translation by Walter A. Aue gives you the right idea:

It’s Him!

Spring displays His ribbon blue
fluttering through air’s expanses,
sweet aromas over fences
touch with hope the lands anew.
Violet still dreams,
dreams of soon appearing.
Hark! the sounds of distant harps, it seems!
Yes, my Spring, it’s You!
You I have been hearing!

 

Spring captivates all your senses: hearing, smelling, seeing, tasting, feeling – yes, the air even feels different.
And by far not always fragile as the first flowers appear, but startling and strong.
Spring – my favourite season!

Forsythia in morning glow
Forsythia in morning glow
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