Spring has finally arrived, after an April that proved, once again, to be the “cruellest month”. Unfortunately, as happens when spring comes late, it is also short—blink and everything has changed. A kaleidoscope of colour shifts into the green of early summer.
Spring’s late… Summer’s watching…
|Too optimistic for our location,
in March we yearned to celebrate
an official changing of the guard.
Winter seemed ready to retreat,
but recalcitrant spring flew in,
shifted uneasily from foot to foot.
then fled snowdrops shivering
after a bitter Easter, leaving us
powerless in April’s ice-storms,
Two weeks later, she returns
Birds nest and sing in triumph,
fish swim the creek, rabbits run
through gardens, suddenly
blue, yellow white and red.
Longed for flowers bloom all at once—
scilla, hyacinth, tulips, daffodils,
forsythia, anemones, even magnolia!
A bounty almost insulting, as though
Spring is thumbing her nose at us.
But today the trees are breaking green
lilies of the valley unfurl their leaves,
geraniums and bleeding heart poke through
the soil and, in the woods, the yellow dog violets
shake their petals as the mayflowers open
like umbrellas, right on time.
Shove up, Spring. Summer’s coming!