The stubble of the earth is brittle-brown;
It’s reaching for the sky like claws of death;
The snow has long-since settled in the ground,
and budding flowers draw in their first breath.
The cold and bitterness have gone away;
The warmth of sunlight dances on my skin;
with open arms and heart, I beckon May
and relish in my new-born spirit’s din.
The life and death of nature are as one;
They blend together ‘til it’s hard to tell
where one might end the other has begun,
a cycle that continues without fail.
As winter passes over its baton,
a burst of spring is relayed on the run!
Robert P. Hansen teaches philosophy and ethics at a community college. He has had over 70 poems and 20 stories published. His science fiction novel, The Snodgrass Incident, along with collections of his poetry and stories are currently available on Kindle at amazon.com/author/rphansen.