Two purple flowers

 

Written by Jacob Terranova

 

Spring represents new life, new beginnings, and the opportunity for renewal. Flowers begin blooming, the days get warmer, and everything feels fresh and full of hope.

 

As the spring season continues to bloom, and in honor of National Poetry Month, we wanted to share our favorite spring poems that highlight the season and the sense of new beginnings we experience.

 

Feel free to incorporate them in a funeral service!

 

Loveliest of Trees, the Cherry Now — A.E. Housman

Housman’s poem is about learning to love and live in the moment and reminds us to appreciate the beauty in the little things all around us because we won’t have them forever.

 

And since to look at things in bloom

Fifty springs are little room,

About the woodlands I will go

To see the cherry hung with snow.

Read the full poem here.

 

A Light Exists in Spring — Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson’s poem depicts spring as a growing light that appears to push away the darkness associated with winter. It’s a beautiful poem that captures the season of spring perfectly.

 

It waits upon the Lawn,

It shows the furthest Tree

Upon the furthest Slope you know

It almost speaks to you.

Read the full poem here.

 

Canto CXV from in Memoriam — Alfred Lord Tennyson

The poem was penned as a tribute to Tennyson’s childhood friend who died at an early age. The poem reminds us that although death is a painful experience, life (represented as spring) continues on.

 

From land to land; and in my breast

Spring wakens too; and my regret

Becomes an April violet,

And buds and blossoms like the rest.

Read the full poem here.

 

Spring — Christina Rossetti

The poem uses the spring season to show how life begins again. Christina Rossetti uses the beauty of nature to describe the process of renewal, but like Housman’s poem, it lingers on the fact that things like spring — and life — are fleeting.

 

There is no time like Spring,

Like Spring that passes by;

There is no life like Spring-life born to die

Read the full poem here.

 

A Prayer in Spring — Robert Frost

Robert Frost’s poem is about an expression of thanks for the season and calls on God to help bless family and friends so that they, too, can learn to appreciate the beauty the season offers us. The theme of the poem revolves around learning to trust in God and to accept the changes He gives us.

 

For this is love and nothing else is love,

The which it is reserved for God above

To sanctify to what far ends He will,

But which it only needs that we fulfill.

Read the full poem here.

 

What are some of your favorite poems about spring that you’ve used in a funeral service? Share with us in the comments!