The Violets Will Come, in Their Own Time

by Hal Borland

The violets will come, in their own time.
That is all that was written in the sky by Friday's equinox.
The sun's summons will not be answered overnight, but the answer is inevitable.
The first hungry bee at the first crocus hums of June, and the first green leaf forecast cool summer shade.
All is in order. Spring is the earth's commitment to the year.



Today is the birthday of Harold Glenn Borland, Born today In 1900. Borland was known as the chronicler of the seasons.

He went by Hal, and he was a naturalist as well as the writer.

Borland wrote an editorial column in the New York Times for 35 years.

His last column appeared the day before he died in 1978.

He never signed his work, but everyone knew Borland wrote it.

Like John Burroughs, Borland had sympathy for and simple communion with the natural world.

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The Violets Will Come, in Their Own Time

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