The Days Are Getting Longer

A PASSING THAW

Last year, deep snow
Covered the yard.
Today you see grass,
Dormant still under
The winter sun.
Don’t be fooled—
That ground is
Still frozen.
It will take more
Than melting snow,
Or a passing thaw,
To soften the grip
Of too many winters.
But don’t give up
Hope. Don’t walk away.
Life can be green
Again, and buds
Will grow where
There are only
Thorns. Please, stay
Despite the chill.
Together we’ll welcome
The strong sun,
And the warm rain,
The returning spring.
I’m worth the wait.
We’re worth the chill.

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