Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 03/21/2011

Vernal equinox 2011: spring roars in like a lion

Spring flowers bloomed on the streets of Washington Sunday. (Jahi Chikwendiu - WASHINGTON POST)
March is meant to come in like a lion and go out like a lamb, but the roles seemed to reverse this year with rain and thunderstorms swirling across the country. The vernal equinox, which started Sunday night, marks the time the sun passes over the equator and days officially become longer than nights. In Mexico, thousands gathered at the Mayan ruins of Chichen-Itza to worship at the dawning of the sun. In Iraq, Kurds welcomed the Persian new year, which falls on the spring equinox.

Here at BlogPost, I’ll celebrate with a favorite poem by e.e. cummings:

in Just--

spring when the world is mud-

luscious the little

lame balloonman

whistles far and wee

and eddieandbill come

running from marbles and piracies and it’s


when the world is puddle-wonderful

the queer

old balloonman whistles

far and wee

and bettyandisbel come dancing

from hop-scotch and jump-rope and

it’s spring




balloonMan whistles




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