When Spring

… Is Like a Perhaps Hand

Spring is like a perhaps hand

(which comes carefully

out of Nowhere) arranging

a window, into which people look (while

people stare

arranging and changing placing

carefully there a strange

thing and a known thing here) and

changing everything carefully

spring is like a perhaps

Hand in a window

(carefully to

and fro moving New and

Old things, while

people stare carefully

moving a perhaps

fraction of flower here placing

an inch of air there) and

without breaking anything.

This oft-recited poem by E.E. Cummings remains one of my favorites (along with Robert Frost’s “Birches”). Like Cummings’ poems, spring is full of sudden stops and starts and unexpected turns—one day warm and sunny, sending bushes and trees alike into full and glorious bud, then sending along a sudden killing freeze as if to say “tut, tut, not your turn yet!”

Of course, spring in Oklahoma also often means the return of worse things, such as tornadoes and hail. But if you’re like me, the coming of spring fills your heart with anticipation of sunny, breezy days, perfect for kite-flying or planting a garden. Or zoo visits and picnics, Easter egg hunts and arts festivals.

This year, spring’s “perhaps Hand” is rearranging more than usual for me and my family: niece and Cleveland County Lifestyle contributor Lindsey Davies and her husband, Evan, are expecting their first baby around Easter. To say our two families are ecstatic would be a gross understatement. Yet, it’s a bittersweet joy; Liam will never get the chance to know his great-grandmother, who passed in July. Such is life.

Though most of us probably don’t consider this a joyful tradition, spring’s also commonly viewed as the time of year to perform a deep house cleaning—a topic explored in Davies’ Giving Back column this month. If you’re one of the millions who take spring cleaning and de-cluttering seriously, why not put some of those no longer wanted clothes, shoes, household goods and other items to good use and donate them to an area nonprofit?

So, what are you looking forward to this spring? Whether it’s the longer days and warmer temperatures or the life-affirming rains and perky daffodils, my hope for you is that spring’s perhaps hand will bring you a dazzling and interesting mixture of both strange and known.