A Crocus’s Story

The beginning of February!? Just when content and safe beneath the grass that was often cut by ‘humans’ (if that’s the correct word).

Very early Spring. Time to see the light that filters through soil and grass. Time to be brave and show modest majesty, which happens rather quickly. Awakening to open space, blue sky above, with fellow crocuses. Exchanging smiles that promote a positive element; a feeling life begins once more

Now it snows. We close our petals enveloping warmth. Strangely, snow mellows sound; a blanket subduing noise of birds and small humans on two wheels shouting (if that’s the right word). Snow melts leaving only patches where trees deny sunlight.

Sunlight!  A signal from the Universe that we crocuses understand to be a brightening of human hearts. At least that is the sense as humans stop and witness our conceited glory.

No modesty on our part. We only bloom for a relatively brief period when our dear friends the daffodils replace our myriad colors with bright yellow. They also smile at us and also prompt smiles from humans.

A poet has never blessed us crocuses with words of description, but our relationship with our friends the daffodils, allows us to enjoy an extract from a poem written by Wordsworth.

‘Beside the lake, beneath the trees, fluttering and dancing in the breeze’.

Our crocus family loves this poem, even if it is not about crocuses.

The days illuminate, sensing rapport between ourselves and humans.

Occasionally a piece of metal in their hands (an iPhone?)   is lowered towards us and goes ‘click click’. Not in a threatening manner, but with pure pleasure and smiles as human hearts view our colors in a strange form of empathy.  Dream-like countenances.

As we crocuses grow in splendor, our faces shine with joy. The fact that Spring sunshine blesses humans with observable appreciation is clear to us.

As weeks pass by we crocuses gain a synergy as we witness a form of gratitude in their eyes.  And more humans become closer to clicking away at us. We seem to recognize some humans as they regularly crouch and absorb our beauty. Not modesty but honesty. We crocuses are beautiful.

And so, the Universe signals departure; once again to hide our beauty below grass and soil.

We continue to engage with one another, reaching out as tree roots; maintaining contact, and exchanging experiences of our world and the joy we seem to have provided for those appreciating Nature’s glory.

We seem to give more than we receive, but giving is more precious.

We predate such ‘human’ beings. We are infinity. Our world, the Universe blesses our gift of giving and receiving glances of awe and beauty.

As with my dear family, I am proud to be a crocus. Even though Wordsworth sees us not.

We are here for all and love the joy we bring. We now await rebirth of next Spring.


Simon Lever
Simon Lever
Prior to his retirement, Simon engaged in software and services sector search and recruitment for American companies around Europe. He has retained the enjoyment of engaging with people from other countries and cultures. His energies are now directed towards voluntary community activities, journaling, and exhibition stewardship. He is a Featured Contributor for BizCatalyst 360°. As an Exhibition Steward, at the 1000-year-old Winchester Cathedral, he is responsible for guiding visitors from the world over, around the award-winning 'Kings and Scribes Exhibition', which includes the 900-year-old Winchester Bible. The exhibition introduces visitors to Winchester's historical significance as a former capital of England. Simon's journaling activities are published on BizCatalyst 360° and accompanying posts on LinkedIn, He acknowledges the inspiration afforded him by Carol Campos of Massachusetts: Life Strategist, Writer, and Intuitive Business Leader who introduced him to writing with feeling; from the heart. Simon's forté is creative writing; the accent on the natural environment, transforming feelings, emotions, sights, sounds, and scents of Mother Nature's landscape; hills and rivers and woodland into words, transporting the reader to the locations. Essays include accounts of his life in former days. Instinctively writing in such a spontaneous manner, descriptions become life-like. His often emotionally charged writing, whether describing a surreal 'Son et Lumière' at the Grand Place in Brussels to experiences acquired during European business travel. Journaling and Exhibition Steward activities are his key sources of inspiration and creativity. Kindness is ever more important, where he is a promoter of Shelly Elsliger PPCC's 'Decide to be Kind' Campaign. Simon champions Positivity, Empathy, and Kindness and has been described as a 'Beacon of Positivity'.

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  1. Dear Lynn,

    I have just received another comment and scrolling down, read my reply to your comment! My BlackBerry had a proper keyboard! It is certainly worth a long DRIVE to enjoy God’s creation. When walking along the water meadows beside the River Itchen, my heart fills with joy. I certainly empathize with your view Nature, Given to us by God.

    Thank you so much,


    • Dear Lynn,

      Thank you for your wonderful words. A king drive is worth seeing one if God’s creations.
      Flowers are a divine creation.

  2. Quite simply beautiful prose, elegantly composed with sensitivity, empathy and true feeling. These superlatives seem to remind me of the author. It could be said, albeit not in the traditional sense, that author/poet has brought us the first poem about the wonderful Crocus, amongst my favourite of the Spring flora. Simon, this was a pleasure to read, as ever we are in your debt.

    • Dear Chris, My Good Friend,

      You are a great motivator and significant in the inspiration you provide as a natural element if your generosity. I do thank you so much.

      Kindest regards,