Of Bumble Bees, Apple Blossoms and Emily Dickenson

It's all I have to bring to-day by Emily Dickinson | Bumble Bee and Apple Blossoms | www.bitsofivory.comOne recent evening I found myself out underneath our apple tree, and was fortunate to capture a photograph of this delightful little visitor to our garden.  The scent of the apple blossoms was so sweet, and the snowy white blossoms so beautiful, I couldn’t help thinking of one of my favorite Hans Christian Andersen stories, The Conceited Apple Branch.  I could see in that moment why the apple branch thought so highly of itself.

When I decided to share this little moment with all of you, though, Emily Dickinson’s poem seemed the perfect fit.  I just love her simple, heartfelt words and the feelings of friendship, warmth and natural beauty they evoke.

It’s all I have to bring to-day,
This, and my heart beside,
This, and my heart, and all the fields,
And all the meadows wide.
Be sure you count, should I forget, —
Some one the sum could tell, —
This, and my heart, and all the bees
Which in the clover dwell.
  – Emily Dickinson

What poem or story fills you with thoughts of spring?

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