Winter then spring

Jane Dougherty Writes

Painting by Harald Sohlberg

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In the world tree,
Moon and stars hang,
Roots cradle the earth’s heart,
Soft leaf-breath
Shatters the sheet
Of winter ice
*
In the far north
The waves make no noise,
The only sound,
Cracking ice
And the eerie song
Of the whales.
*
Spring thaw,
Grey geese flock,
Covering the new, tender green
With warm feathers.
Fire from the south
In their firm tread, they bring,
And pinions, steel-grey, steel-strong,
Bear them on a south wind
To weave wisps of summer
Into a nest of grass.

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