Spring has receded as winter returns in the form of freezing rain and icy snow. Trees, cars, mailboxes – every surface slicked over with ice. Even the crocuses, which were merrily blooming yesterday, are closed up against the ice. I have been thinking of poet Langston Hughes’ poem In Time of Silver Rain, which has been adapted into a Unitarian Universalist hymn. I love this gentle song, and while Hughes was writing about a much warmer spring, the silver rain has been in abundance here in South-western Ontario. But even with the freezing rain, spring is lurking, waiting to return. Robins, cardinals, finches, sparrows, and blue jays are busy in the gardens, and the first pale mist of green is emerging from grass and shrubs. Life, life, life, indeed.
In time of silver rain the earth puts forth new life again,
green grasses grow and flowers lift their heads,
and over all the plain the wonder spreads of life, of life, of life!
In time of silver rain the butterflies lift silken wings,
and trees put forth new leaves to sing in joy
beneath the sky in time of silver rain,
when spring and life are new.
from the hymnal Singing in the Living Tradition
adapted from the Langston Hughes poem.