Friday, March 5, 2010

Eclipsed By Winter

Around the country folks are talking about Spring.  Here in Upstate New York, along the southern shores of Lake Ontario we are just thinking about it.  The days are longer.  The sun is beginning to shine more.  The temperatures are beginning to creep into the upper 30's and lower 40's.  Ah....T-shirts and flip flops!  Ok.  Maybe not.  But this is the time of year when Spring begins to tease us, yet one warm day is suddenly eclipsed by winter and more snow.  

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that this year, unlike last when Spring lasted through mid August, we have s short Spring and long, hot Summer! 

delicate violence 

winter's siege 
on spring's debut, 
life's renewal delayed 

like lovers in transition 
a delicate violence 
between one season 
in need, 
and another 
yielding to 
winter's siege. 

Poem © 2006 by R. Burnett Baker 
Poem from chapbook "delicate violence", by R. Burnett Baker, 2006.

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