The Nearness of Spring


These few days of warmth tempt the best and strongest

In the garden.


Aspen, their buds bursting large, ready themselves for spring.

while the maples’ nearing leaves know not to be lured by the waning snow moon

Spring is knocking but roses still abide winter’s direction

for no new growth yet.

Barely buds on the lilac branches are not quite ready to be jostled totally awake.

They are still swathed in their slumber casing,

more than drowsy but not quite dormant

The lilacs know better than to think it is time to emerge.

Predicted snows ought put a damper on spring’s suggested finery

As it should.

A few weeks of tantalizing anticipation is well worth the wait.

03-11-2021