Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Poetry Tuesday: "Revival" by Luci Shaw




Revival

March. I am beginning
to anticipate a thaw. Early mornings
the earth, old unbeliever, is still crusted with frost
where the moles have nosed up their
cold castings, and the ground cover
in shadow under the cedars hasn't softened
for months, fogs layering their slow, complicated ice
around foliage and stem
night by night,

but as the light lengthens, preacher
of good news, evangelizing leaves and branches,
his large gestures beckon green
out of gray. Pinpricks of coral bursting
from the cotoneasters. A single bee
finding the white heather. Eager lemon-yellow
aconites glowing, low to the ground like
little uplifted faces. A crocus shooting up
a purple hand here, there, as I stand
on my doorstep, my own face drinking in heat
and light like a bud welcoming resurrection,
and my hand up, too, ready to sign on
for conversion.

--Luci Shaw


18 comments:

Madi and Mom said...

Happy Tuesday to you BB from Madi and Mom!!
Oh what a nice poem to March
It appears March, marches to her own drum beat too. She came in like a lamb last week with several very warm days. Then she sucker punched us with blustery wind and 26 degrees yesterday and last night.
Hugs Madi and Mom

Lin said...

I like that. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Green out of gray!

CATE PEARCE said...

Lovely, even though I am soon entering into the colder weather. Your March is my October :)

Old Kitty said...

This reminds me of the couple of gorgeous fat bumble bees (queen bees for certain!) buzzing around my pots last weekend - looking for a suitable place to begin their hive! The circle of life. Wonderful! Take care
x

ds said...

Perfect. Thank you.

CiCi said...

Thaw is happening on the inside too, so I am hoping that with the change of weather I will be feeling warm all over.

Ruby said...

Love the march bloom poem. Especially the second verse. Cheers, Ruby

Ms. A said...

I'll bet March is a lot different where you are now, compared to where you grew up, huh?

Happy Tuesday!

jenny_o said...

I truly love the first spring day when it's warm enough to turn to the sun and close my eyes, and soak in the sounds and smells. Great poem!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

This touched me today because I noticed my purple crocuses opening up around my mailbox.

Daisy said...

Bring on spring! I'm ready! :D

Talli Roland said...

LOVE. You choose the best poems, Betty!

Tracy said...

Hey BB, bring on spring...I am so ready! that is a beautiful poem.

The Empress said...

How peacefully perfect and encouraging, isn't it?

It'll be a very special spring for you, betty.

xo

Joanna Jenkins said...

I am so ready for spring and all the beautiful, fresh colors it brings.
xo jj

Baby Sister said...

But I'm not ready for Spring yet...it's too bad I don't control the weather. But I'm sure a lot of people wouldn't appreciate that. :)

Don said...

To everything there is a season but I like your forward thinking.