False Spring

It’s False Spring
A brief reprieve
from the cold and gray
and decaying leaves

but the snow will return
and winter renew
Still blizzards
and ice
and hibernating to do.

And on the news
another shooting here
School children
dead and living in fear

The children will march
for peace and security
the President respond
with a tweet storm in fury

13 Russians indicted
for hacking the U.S.
for exploiting our weakness
and causing distress

Olympic competition
a quiet reprieve
from the wars and
to yet be perceived

All gather for sport
praise peace and goodwill

The Cardinal, he sits
on my front windowsill

and chirps and chirps
a sweet, little trill.

But, winter is coming
as is the norm
and with it ice
and hail and scorn.

“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.”
Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Rick says:

    Spring is coming….so true. I hope it brings revitalization and much desired new sense of worth for these old bones. The past 6 mo. have been the worst in my life since my mother died in 1981. I was all of 15, alcoholic military MSG father, and it was the early 80’s. My life went totally off the rails. Never did recover till College. Guess who I met there? Yep….that girl then (19). She was as innocent and fresh as the 1st days of SPRING.

    Now in the Autumn of my life, I am so NOT prepared. I just wanted to enjoy the fruits of 24 years of planting, cultivating, grooming, struggles, droughts, floods, and deaths. To find out that just as such seems possible, doable, almost a reality, the orchard was ruthlessly, without concern just burned down. Not just that it was abandoned, but plowed, leveled, and now a parking lot for a lost soul in time. I SO NEED SOME SPRING IN MY SOUL! Sorry for the rant….it just came out.


    1. imstillinthisthing says:

      I’m so sorry. I hope things improve for you.


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