THE OFFICIAL ARRIVAL OF SPRING today seems reason to celebrate, especially here in Minnesota, the land of long winters. Or, as my California-raised son-in-law once thought, Almost Canada.
From here on, daylight lengthens. And, after this past pandemic year, I’m thankful for the seasonal transition into more sunlight and resulting warmth and melting of snow. That said, this is still March and in Minnesota that likely means more cold and snowy days.
But, as we ease into spring, I feel a sense of renewal. Warm days with temps in the 50s and near 60, like those predicted for this weekend, are freeing, uplifting and promising.
Farmers, I expect, are itching to get into the fields, although it’s way too early for that. I still think like the farm-raised woman I am, connecting seasons to the cycle of planting, growing and harvesting. That will always remain an important part of my identity and continues to influence my writing and photography.
Flash back to 10 years ago and you can read that influence in a poem I penned and submitted to the Roadside Poetry Project. In four lines, each with a 20 character limit, I wrote a spring-themed poem that bannered on four billboards in Fergus Falls. It’s the most unusual spot my poetry has ever published.
Designed “to celebrate the personal pulse of poetry in the landscape,” according to then Project Coordinator Paul Carney, my poem truly fit that mission. I wrote from experience, from a closeness to the land, from a landscape of understanding.
While the Roadside Poetry Project, funded by the Fergus Falls College Foundation, no longer exists, my poem endures in the legacy of my writing. To have written about spring from the perspective of a farmer’s daughter celebrates my rural Minnesota prairie roots. And spring.
© Copyright 2021 Audrey Kletscher Helbling
Happy Spring, Audrey! 🙂
Thank you. And the same to you, Penny.
Poetry and Spring. What could be better? ❤️
The two do seem to go together, don’t they? April is National Poetry Month.
Happy Spring my friend 🙂
Thank you, dear friend.
Happy First Day of Spring!
Perhaps a DQ visit is on the horizon?
Thank you, Sue. We visited the DQ several weeks ago for our spring opening Peanut Buster Parfaits.
Great poem Audrey. Fun way to display poetry.
Thank you, Valerie.
YAY FERGUS! We are heading there next month…ready to plant some seeds! Love these billboards…was it part of “Spring Board for the Arts”?
I read the text this time instead of just looking at the pictures, and answered my own question about your billboards: Roadside Poetry Project! Love it! The Fergus Falls College Foundation has funded so many wonderful endeavors!
Two cheers for Poetry!!!!!!!!!!!!