Enjoy Spring’s Brother Aconite

Paul Keggington

March 15, 2011

Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Caritas Strodthoff captures this refreshing photo of  spring’s first aconite at the Motherhouse in Manitowoc, WI. It’s time to enjoy Jan Struther’s poem.

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Spring's aconiteEarth has borne a little son;
He is a very little one.
He has a head of golden hair
And a grave, unwinking stare.
He wears a bib all frilled and green
Round his neck to keep him clean.
Though before another spring
A thousand children Earth may bring
Forth to bud and blossoming–
Lily daughters cool and slender,
Roses passionate and tender,
Tulip sons as brave as swords,
Hollyhocks like laughing lords–
Yet she’ll never love them quite
As much as she loves Aconite:
Aconite, the first of all,
Who is so very, very small;
Who is so golden-haired and good,
And wears a bib, as babies should.
-Jan Struther

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