Thursday, August 18, 2011


MAXMOM here...

"Spring is sprung,..."

"...the grass is ris...."

"...I wonders where the birdies is...."

"...They say the birds is on the wing...."

"...Ain't that absurd?..."
"... I always thought the wing was on the bird."
As you can see, it's early Spring here in Johannesburg, South Africa.  We've had a snap of cold weather, but if you go outside, there is so much happening.

"Spring is sprung, the grass is ris.
I wonders where the birdie is.
They say the bird is on the wing.
Aint that sound absurd?
I always thought the wing was on the bird."

I have always loved that poem.  I remember my mother reciting it to me as a child.  At the time, she told me that it was written by an 'Indian Chief'.  I've done some research but can't seem to find out who the author is.
Does anyone know who wrote it?
Sending lotsaluv


The Life of Riley said...

My father used to often say that to me when I was a child, and again at the start of spring last year. He told me then who wrote it - it is late at night here, but I'll ask him tomorrow who the author was.

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

We've never heard that poem before. Ahhh lovely Spring. Can't wait. No worries, and love, Carol and Stella

♥ Helen said...

Hi, I now follow you on twitter as well ツ
Have a happy day ♥

Mrs. JP said...

I've never heard it but I like it. So glad things are spring up there.

Gail Wilson said...

We hope you have a lovely Spring in your part of the world. The grass is the best place he world to roll on isn't it!! We spent the afternoon yesterday running on the sand at the beach. We want our summer to last a long time...but we know it won't!
Hugs and wags, Mistaya and Maggie in the USA

Maggie Mae and Max said...


Spring is such a happy time! Mom always looks forward to it cuz we have such loooong, cold winters in NY. :) Have a happy spring time day!

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

janice15 said...

Happy Thursday, It's so strange at times that in one part of the world spring has sprung and summer is ending here in the United States....enjoy your wonderful things happening...hugs

Angel Ginger Jasper said...

Gorgeous pictures.. looking forward to the book.. Hugs GJ xx

♥I am Holly♥ said...

I've never heard that one but I always heard a similar one about the lark on the wing! That was Robert Browning (I think). Welcome to spring....we are still in the last days of summer here! Lots of love, Debbie & Holly

Two French Bulldogs said...

get ready for spring. It looks like its on its way
Benny & Lily

Molly the Airedale said...

Your daffies are so sweet. It's amazing to think that you're heading into spring and we're thinking about autumn here!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

The Life of Riley said...

Hi again,

My father remembers it being said (with an American accent) in a 1940's Jimmy Durante movie that he saw. Jimmy Durante was an American comedian/actor with a big nose.

I also heard that "Winnie the Pooh" had used it, but not sure when.

I'm glad spring has sprung where you are.

sprinkles said...

I've never heard that poem before so I can't help you there.

I'm glad it's spring there but also kinda sad because that means summer is just about over here.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Its been a long time since I heard that verse, and I'm not sure of where it came from.

But your post reminds me of the changes of season which is coming here too--Its in the air!

Scout and Freyja said...

Next spring, my dear friend, next spring...

Jake of Florida said...

I always say it too -- but with the Brooklyn accent I first heard it in: "My my, ain't that absoid, I thawt the wing was on the boid."

How cool that you know the poem too all the way across the miles!

xxx Joan