Shoots*

September 6, 2015

SHOOTS by Karen Vande Bossche
2015 Merit Award
By Karen Vande Bossche

Shoots

Sloppy wet flakes fall
on tiny emerald spikes
standing confused
by spring-like
temperatures.
These first bulbs
are early up
in the lasagna pot.
They keep a low profile
as if trimmed daily
by a fussy barber
or mother trying
to get it just right.

So premature,
they need worrying,
babying, coaxing,
so they can forwarn
the others who still
sleep soundly,
unaware the seasons
have started to shift.
Hyacinth are optimistic
but cautious,
leading the way.
. . . . .
*Copyright 2015 by Karen Vande Bossche. Broadside illustrated by Kim Wulfestieg.

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