Thoughts derived from and dedicated to the lack of winter, 2012.
Without Winter Can There Be Spring?
Winter usually comes like an avalanche interring a season:
the winter solstice, the end of the year, the dead of winter,
dormant, Seasonal Affective Disorder, frozen earth, migration,
hibernation, shortened days, cold weather, shoveling, de-icing,
scraping, clouds and gloom, snow and ice.
Spring, like its name, leaps into being as an enlivened metaphor:
Not equal to the Equinox, the end of winter’s death throes,
sowing seeds, the sun’s reclaiming the evening,
wind – the breath of life, budding plants, colorful blossoms,
return of the song birds, green, resurrection, regeneration,
hope, new life, a time to plant, future.
If Winter didn’t come,
will Spring follow?
The magical metaphor of the reinvigorated earth,
transfigured by emerging life, bathed in the warming sun –
will it seem dulled by the brightness of the winter that never was,
Reduced from metaphor to mere season?
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