February will give way
First came the cold,
a temperature drop so fast and low
the body could not adapt.
Then came the snow followed by ice and rain
flooding the yard, creating new ponds,
as ice still lay in a thick sheet on the surface.
Gradually, the wind and rain passed
and the sky revealed a glint of blue
but the clouds rolled in gray and dark.
It inched out the brief staggered light of the sun
and once again,
the world lay chilled and frozen in its wake.
Yet still, somehow in the clearing away
the wind blown leaf debris
revealed life pushing forward.
In the confines of the once bloom filled garden
were tattered iris fronds bent low
with light green shoots waiting to come forth.
In the protected leaf cover rose
pointed glimmers of dark green
barely two inches tinged with white, crocus.
Leaning toward the sunlight, brief as it was
clinging to the short warmth provided
with promise of more to come.
Taller still, off to the side, green clumps
with yellow bases stretching four inches up
penetrating frozen, solid ground.
Through the ominous darkness of smoky clouds
appears an opening edged in puffy white
and blue sky beaming with the sun.
February will give way,
allowing winter to take a bow and leave
as spring anticipates with new life.
Now at last, the cold will pass
and sunrise and sunset will breathe
with the promise of hope and life
of a new generation.
and God’s everlasting love.
Copyright © DM Babbit | Year Posted 2016