December Dandelion

Amid meteorological winter grays
Molecules stimulate the olfactory senses triggering
Thoughts of spring
Springlike sweet scented air
Arrives to overtake the harsh coolness

In the moment
Stacked firewood
Seems out of place
I take a deep breath
The end of autumn marks winter’s arrival

Sparkle in the distance
Ancestors kept theirs inside
throughout the winter
As a symbol of hope for the spring

For me
Hope for the spring
Has been restored
By a single
December dandelion

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.