Spring blooming

The winter is dying,

ice cold limbs

wrapping around

a body left

insubstantial as a twig

by the absence of snow.

Light as crisp leaves, now

it seems that a warm spring breeze

will banish

the spirit of winter

to wait underground

for the Earth to freeze again.

Snowdrops close their delicate petals

porcelain faces

cracking, as the warm sun

coaxes life from buried bulbs, which in their turn

stretch and strain

like vegetable eggs,

expelling root and stem

into the waiting soil.

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