april showers

after weeks of dry weather —
or merely a tease of moisture in the form of fog
or snow or sleet or drizzle —
the spring skies have finally broken open

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dressed for spring

midway up the hill
the neighbor’s weeping fig
is dressed for spring
a gown of bridal white blossoms
shielding leafless branches.

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the lily bed

if i had any rage i took it out on the lily bed and its web of ingrown roots the fruit of thirty years of spawning tigers i scythed and hoed, slicing through sod separating innumerable worms from their other ends and cleaving through the rusty orange roots that choked the ground until, at last,…

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prelude

the sharp blade pierced the greening grass
and shovelfuls of soil revealed wakened worms
shrinking away from the light

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April first

this morning we awoke to a film of frost
sparkling on the grass
as fickle spring once more laughed
in our foolish faces

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easter monday

in the park
the japanese magnolia is shedding
its petals

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holy saturday

we planted the peas today
rolled their plump green bodies
into the black bacterial dust
gardeners call inoculant
and then tucked them one by one
under the soil

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the colors of sunday

the world is awash in cream and lavender the invading violets have marched across the lawn flanking the driveway in a company of purple and circling the tree in the meadow in a fairy ring of amethyst and white beyond the fence the neighbor’s lilac is just starting to break into bloom; the fruit trees…

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