trees early spring


We tend to our accounts in the dead of winter

as each year ends: what we hoped for

and what we’ve lost, who did what to us

and whom we did what to in return.

We do the same in tax season: what we paid

or wrote off, what we gained.


Now that spring moves us out in the daylight,

we calculate again: what survived

the winter, what we’ll rake to cart away,

where new growth hides to surprise us,

what will thrive in the warmth, what we must plant

to fill the barren places.


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