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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


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Rubberband Land

The rubber band land,  short and long,
   thick and thin elastic stretch pull along;
it's pulled, it's pushed, poked and often touched,
it gives, it takes, it's prod and plucked,
   flicked back and forth, twisted and torqued,
   stroked and brushed;
it rolls, it folds, it overlaps,
it slips, it slides, it even bends back;
   used, abused, misused and used again,
   it continues to forgive, renew and bend;
then one day, unseen and brave
the elasticity begins to slowly slip away.
   Hard as it tries
   it's stretched beyond its ply
it elongates and begins to show its cracks,
it lacks the will and desire to slip back;
   the strand inched out beyond its original limb
   having given all its giving;
nothing left to retrieve
no final last reprieve;
   no more give, all taken
   that final straw now breaking.
The band now laid to waste
with a search for another to take its place
   but for some there is no counterpart
   their existence is a singularity of art
like the land upon the earth
once flowed lush and green from birth
   erased by the human seed
   and his all consuming greed.


Copyright © DM Babbit | Year Posted 2017