frozen lullabies for drowsy daffodils

if only spring would steal a day from winter,
shoulder up through frozen soil
in dogged pursuit of the sun
startle bare-bones trees
gladden frost-bitten eyes with
a freeze-frame harbinger of—-

if only
spring would steal a day from winter
or three—

gun metal skies scowl
and front porch wind chimes
play frozen lullabies
that lure drowsy daffodils
back to sleep

until spring steals a day from winter

Jill Crainshaw is a professor at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. She is also an ordained Presbyterian (PCUSA) minister. Read other articles by Jill.