Spring Stirs in Her Sleep


Spring stirs in her sleep,


tentative tautness, this seeping skin,

this catch in the throat

too afraid to name hope

as predecessor;

life labours in a womb

swollen with the earth’s

heartbeat and

fed by soil’s

placenta.ย She croons in her dreams,

low mourning dove cries wrenched

from a heart full, overflowing

its banks; her sighs are the

wind in the pussy-willows,

her song the cry of geese on

the wing.

18 comments on “Spring Stirs in Her Sleep

  1. Caddo-Jael says:

    This one’s exquisitely beautiful–I love “croons in her dreams”, and pussy willows are my fave! It is all beautiful imagery, softly flowing, quiet lyricism. Great!

    • melodylowes says:

      Thanks! So now you’re hyphenated? Out of the Caddo closet, then, are we? ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Caddo-Jael says:

        TOTALLY–you’ll see soon; the “coming events” begin Sunday (warning: don’t read Caddo’s 7-Word Sunday with food in your mouth–I won’t be responsible for choking issues). Thanks for hangin’ in there with/for me!! I need to work on my “blogroll”–which I’m thinkin’ I’ll call “Family and Friends”.

      • melodylowes says:

        What a bout beverages? Do you have insurance for those? ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Caddo-Jael says:

        No, it’s too expensive–so I’m just trying to remember to put the warning tags up (Deb says I never alert her in my emails, and she ends up spitting popcorn at the computer screen).

      • melodylowes says:

        We could take up a Caddo-collection for screen wipes, perhaps?? Pass them out at opportune moments?

      • Caddo-Jael says:

        Screen wipes! What are they? Mine gets dusted about once a month–and it’s so reassuring to discover I’m not really going blind after all… The TV is worse–it’s old, not a flat-screen–so everyone looks like they’re wearing lace shawls, and going grey.

  2. RoSy says:

    I can almost feel spring trying to break through that!

  3. Robert Rife says:

    “fed by soil’s placenta”…now that’s what I’m talkin’ about right there!

  4. Judy says:

    Beautiful. If only I could say the same for the sleeping spring that won’t wake up!

    • melodylowes says:

      It sure is a late one in many parts of the world this year! Spring is so encouraging that it leaves a bit of a bitter taste to have winter drag on so long. A cosmic lesson on patience???? ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Debbie says:

    Wow .. what imagery, Melody .. and that photo matches what you wrote so well! Perfecto!

  6. This poem is so beautiful, Melody! Your picture reminds me of jumping on iced puddles as a child… risky when you’re not sure how deep it is. Oh the memories – I have a boot full! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Blessings ~ Wendy

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