This sparse verse by Rilke is subtle in its evocation of spring, but effective and endearing. I just love the line: 'Tendernesses hesitantly, reach toward the earth.' What a lovely way of describing the season!
Early Spring - Rilke
Harshness vanished. A sudden softness
has replaced the meadows’ wintry grey.
Little rivulets of water changed
their singing accents. Tendernesses,
hesitantly, reach toward the earth
from space, and country lanes are showing
these unexpected subtle risings
that find expression in the empty trees.