The crocus, the symbol of hope.

 A visit to Edinburgh's Botanic gardens and three lovely days of sunshine inspired these photos and the poem. I was recently clearing out and found a lapel pin with a crocus. When I first worked with Breakthrough Breast Cancer  the crocus was an emblem they used. The crocus being the first flower of spring was a symbol of hope that the charity adopted.The emblem always moved me especially every spring when I saw my first crocus. The promise of better times to come.

Hope of Spring 

Relentless grey of winter
Then the sun so,so welcome
The sky blue and full of promise
Warmth swiftly lost to frost
Sunsets promising more to come

Faces up turned and smiling
Streets and gardens life abounding
Parks of barking dogs
Screams too of childish excitement
Can winter be gone at last?

The crocus, first flower of spring
A bed of colour emerging from
The grey grey winter
A symbol of hope
After hard times

Flowers bloom again
The sun brings its warmth
Smiles return to faces
Life promises new beginnings
Things will be better again.


  1. Lovely and exactly what we need. Thank you.

    1. Better than the messages of we are doomed we hear constantly just now! Thanks Ellen. X

  2. dear Audrey,

    this post, the poem, the lovely photos are all so uplifting. i am going to make a note in my gardening journal to plant lots of crocuses next fall. thanks for this refreshing and beautiful post! Karen xoxo

    1. Thanks so much, your comments always lift me up too. Go well. Audrey x

  3. I like the idea of crocus as a symbol for hope. Beats pink ribbons anyday!
    Near the hospital where I had chemo is a garden in a ruined church and that became my own metaphor:

  4. I think the things you covered through the post are quiet impressive, good job and great efforts. I found it very interesting and enjoyed reading all of it...keep it up, lovely job..
    lapel pins


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