Spring Has Sprung

Spring is definitely here in my area of Florida and the scents of blooming trees and flowers abound.  Orange blossoms compete with ligustrum tree blooms and the delicate jacaranda and my favorite flowers, daffodils and hyacinths. It’s such a happy time of year; one with fresh renewal in the air.

I always thought, mother’s younger brother, my Uncle Rembert, was a bit on the quirky side and I liked him very much. He was a poet of sorts whose words, in style, reminded me of Ogden Nash or Willard R. Espy or Dr. Seuss. He was one of those people who always seemed happy. There was even a bounce in his step. He loved words, especially funny ones, and he loved playing with them.

When I was in school, I learned a little about figures of speech in English class. Words like alliteration, anaphora, euphemism, oxymoron, pun, tongue-twister, palindrome, malapropism, litotes, metaphor, onomatopoeia, simile, understatement, hyperbole, etc. That’s all that come to my mind right now, but I could probable look up a few more. Some of these are more familiar than others, probably because they are used more often, but these terms explain what the author is doing with our language.

I’m not sure my Uncle Rembert knew the terms for his poetry that he called jingles, but he certainly knew how to make them entertaining and unforgettable. I wish I’d had the opportunity to visit with my uncle more during my youth, partly because I might had heard more jingles to tickle my funny bone. Here are two of his jingles; one for spring and one for winter.

Spring has sprung

And the grass is rizz

And I wonder where

The birdies izz.


It blew

It snew

And then by jing

It frizz.


Dear readers, do any of you have a “tickle the funny bone” poem or jingle too?


Coco Ihle is the author of SHE HAD TO KNOW, an atmospheric traditional mystery set mainly in Scotland. Join her here each 11th of the month.


Filed under fun, Humor, musings, writing

10 responses to “Spring Has Sprung

  1. Maybe I will, when spring has sprung, but for now, I’m waiting until a birdsong is sung, an there are no more snowflakes falling on my tongue..

  2. Pat Gordon

    Hi Coco,

    A delightful Spring story. Many thanx for sharing.

    All the best to you, Pat

  3. I wound my watch too hard today; it’s spring has sprung, and winter’s here to stay.

  4. Joanie

    Well, what do you know!! Hyacinths are one of my very favorite flowers. The fragrance is breath taking. Whenever I see them around I stop and smell them. You and I love flowers, Sis, but I too am waiting for the snow to stop falling. I won’t see flowers where I live in the Adirondacks till probably June. Happy Spring to you, Sis!!!!


  5. Susan Coggins

    A hyacinth stalker?????? They are lovely. I just returned from a long trip meandering my way from Florida to New England. Saw snow–brrrr–but as I was leaving the area, daffodils, forsythia and hyacinth were letting everyone know spring was almost there. The trees were budding red, pink and white. Signs of spring renews the soul.

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