Nature recovers from winter’s wrath
as vernal floods fill the swamps.
Spring peepers and skunk cabbage emerge
infusing the air with sounds and scents.
The headaches of last season
slowly dissipate with the arrival
of temperate days and an earth
that ruptures with new life.
Announcement: Lainie will have paintings and poetry in “Awakening” a Zoom presentation of art, music and poetry by the Kaji Aso Studio on Sunday, April 3rd at 7pm. Go to kajiasostudioevents.com for a link to the program.
The March sun pours down
on the shiny ice layer
that covers the lake.
It slips slowly away,
shrinking daily, foot by foot.
What was solid is now fluid -
underneath the fish waken
from their winter torpor
and light dances sprightly
on the rolling waves.
The Rhythm of Bird Songs
Carried by the Wind
The transition into the next season
is not swift and is now suspended
by snow that blurs the scene
as it falls, like soft feathers,
on the still frozen turf.
One does not need to squint
to perceive the signs of spring.
They are carried by the wind
in new songs from birds
preparing to mate and nest -
avian messages about the change
that will shortly arrive.