The stick in the back we thought was dead
Swarms with green specks.
Herald of spring,
Blew her bugle, violent yellow,
The dull bush sprays
Snowy panicles over the path,
Night-fragrant, radiant, reckless of bloom,
The dead earth sends forth
Tender shoots, obedient legions,
Myriad, sunwise, standards vert unfurling,
The brown sward swells,
Transmutes to green,
Moist, untrodden, cushion-plump.
Winter’s siege has lifted.
Above a frilled leaf, a coral drop trembles.
The checkered fritillary droops.
The poppy rustles, cellophane, transparent.
We mark the evolution of our landscape daily,
We ache for every bud to burst, tendril stretch, leaf uncurl.
How many times must Proserpina mount her stair before we can remember
The climax was this evanescence?