Sunday, February 14, 2010


Weeks of iron frost flee
Warm before the southern breeze
As ants appear again and go about
Their task of tidying up the world
Pretending winter never intervened
Chickadees fuss at the seed feeder
Sun and the bloodroot blooms
Bring out the sweet wet smell of earth
A few brown-edged camellias tease the eye
Scouts sniffing out the risks of January thaw
Before the next deep freeze arrives
Bluest of skies, crow caws, hawk cries
With wise wide wild surprise

-Patrick Mizelle

selected January 2010

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