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Connections: April 4

2015-02 - 95 - FireplaceAh, the April fireside

what could be more cozy

as the gentle breath of spring

turns my cheeks all numb and rosy?

As fluffy flakes of snow

pile on the daffy-down-dilly

and twinkling dabs of frost besmirch

emergent spears of lily,

what’s a gardener to do

but sulk at fireplace

and contemplate her chilblains

instead of pansy face?

More thanks to the S.W. Berg Photo Archives.

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How wet is it?

Summerwet
this air of spring
porridge-thick
heavy
choking

Cats and dogs
they say
the rain pelted,
slowed to lazy,
now hovers
in drip
and wilt

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Free facewash
no towel
— patience —
awaiting
bug lick

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Too wet
to stand
too heady
the quaff
not to nod over
into mud bath

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Too wet
not to clamber
curling
from lightless places
through cracks
holding to
burled
pebbles

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Wet enough
for changeling
— lily to bromeliad —
slurping rain
downleaf
for safekeeping

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Wet enough
to gather
midrib
mercurial domes
quaked
by breath
of showery breeze

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Against a thirsty future
the earth gulps
and saves

Meanwhile
a rainbow

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