Enjoy Spring’s Brother Aconite

by Sister Julie Ann on 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.

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

7 thoughts on “Enjoy Spring’s Brother Aconite”

  1. Sr. Carol Seidl says:

    How refreshing to see this especially in the midst of Lent! I love the coolness of the icey snow surrounding the vibrant yellow. There is Hope! Excellent Picture! Thanks for capturing the first breath of Spring!

  2. Ssharon says:

    Sr. Julie Ann, that poem fits just perfectly with Sr. Caritas' enjoyable picture. Thank YOU! I enjoyed these phrases in the poem: “Lily daughters, cool & slender;” “Hollyhocks, like laughing lords;” & “Roses, passionate & tender.” We had 5 funerals this week & some of the bouquets of flowers are shared with St. Joseph's Retirement Residents, West Point Living Center & our convent. What a generous gesture to light up the lives of the residents. Speaking of “cool” we have been having cool mornings & warm afternoons here in Nebraska. “Laughing lords,”: the residents often share jokes while they are dining. One resident shared that her great granddaughter asked her parents over and over again IF she could have a kitten. Finally, her father said: “Kittens belong on a farm.” She looked up at him and said: “Daddy CAN we BUY a farm??”

  3. Srosangela says:

    Thanks for sharing this. I love walking around the Motherhouse to see what's popping up!!

  4. Madden says:

    Reading the poem prompted me to look up the term, “Acronite.” It's very interesting that the root of such a plant was used for its medicinal properties (as in relieving pain). How fitting that the burst of yellow lifts one's spirits. Someone else wrote: “I belive that in the midst of winter, there's within me an invincible Spring.” And then there is Emerson who said,”The earth laughs in flowers.”

    Thank you.
    Sister Marcolette

  5. Sister Anne Marie Lom says:

    A delightful sight and poem as winter holds on and spring nudges forth!

  6. Sister Anne Marie Lom says:

    Now I was prompted to check out the author of “In the midst of winter…” It was Albert Camus. I love learning new things!

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