Friday, April 25, 2008

Day 21 of NaPoWriMo and TOP

My Late Spring

My winter lasted forty years
and for most of that season
it was a deep freeze.

Oh, there was the usual
January thaw when we’d study
a poetry unit in elementary school

or hints of spring
when I’d teach poetry
to my students

or read poems
to my own two children.
Once, I found the coolest

book of poetry
at the library and remember
reading “The Frozen Logger”

to my logger husband.
He actually listened
and smiled afterwards.

But it took all those years
for the sap in the maple
tree of my life to start flowing

with words. My god,
my roots tingled! Poems
popped out like leaves.

Today is April 25, 2008
just one month
on the calendar

into this season
but twenty years
into my own spring

and I’ve already written
thousands of gallons
of sweet maple syrup.

9 comments:

paisley said...

i too went thru decades of dry spells,, and i am just glad that poetry doesn't ferment!!

Greyscale Territory said...

Love the tiers and textures in your poem.

Beautiful take on a late spring.

Gemma

Stan Ski said...

Great metaphor; let's hope spring sticks around a while.

Leonard Blumfeld said...

Please keep the sweet maple syrup flowing :)

sister AE said...

wow! i think this is one of your best. just terrific.

cordieb said...

I am delighted that spring has finally arrived. Thanks for sharing your beautiful words. I look forward to reading more.

Aareet Krsna said...

A lovely look at Spring come late!

Crafty Green Poet said...

nice tale on the prompt.

tumblewords said...

Great job and thanks for not giving up! :)

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