frozen spring

(a historical poem: April 6, 1982)

the tulips lay frozen amidst an april snow
the hyacinth
the daffodil
are suspended in a cryogenic void
the lilac’s green no longer seems bright

as spring’s warm presence turns cold
blue skies turn grey
and my mind is mournful this winter teased day

the morning paper boasts
“Britain Prepares for War”
the tulip
the hyacinth
the daffodils
the lilac and
the frozen spring are soon forgotten

Paul Cech has been writing poetry since 1970. Several of his poems have been published as Saturday Poems in the Pittsburgh- Post Gazette and the Thomas Merton Center of Pittsburgh has published several of his poems in NewPeople. Read other articles by Paul.