Early spring beauty

First Crocus

This morning, flowers cracked open
the earth’s brown shell. Spring
leaves spilled everywhere
though winter’s stern hand
could come down again at any moment
to break the delicate yolk
of a new bloom.

The crocus don’t see this as they chatter
beneath a cheerful petal of spring sky.
They ignore the air’s brisk arm
as they peer at their fresh stems, step
on the leftover fragments
of old leaves.

When the night wind twists them to pieces,
they will die like this: laughing,
tossing their brilliant heads
in the bitter air.

©2007, Christine Klocek-Lim

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2 thoughts on “Early spring beauty

  1. Kiz May 3, 2011 / 9:34 pm

    wonderful shots!!! I ordered crocus for Fall delivery, as I don’t have any at all now. Hope they’re as pretty as these!

  2. wildwanderingrrl May 4, 2011 / 6:46 pm

    Thank you! These were just Walmart purchases, lol. We have 2 small groupings, nothing more, the MOLES ate up all of the white and yellow ones! They don’t seem to care for the blue ones, those survived. I originally tried to have a multicolored “ring” of crocus (croci?) around Mom’s flower patch and another in a circle near the road, in a disused space. Moles got all that didn’t get heaved up out of the ground by frost! That is the reason we don’t have Tulips, the moles love to much on those too! And yet our next door neighbor has some very pretty tulips that will be shown on this site as soon as I can get one or two good shots up. Don’t know why the moles didn’t eat them!!

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