NOW THAT APRIL'S HERE

All winter long I waited for the day
when silent trees would suddenly awake,
reborn beneath a golden sun's bright ray.
I longed to feel, to joyfully partake
of new and warmer clime that whispered hope.
When frozen snow lay still and ghostly white,
I dreamed of carpets green and tried to cope.
The end of winter seemed nowhere in sight,
and yet I persevered and prayed that spring
would gently rouse the daisies on the hill
and prod again the mockingbirds to sing
a sweet reprieve from winter's morbid chill.

Now April's here and slowly I'm aware
she wears a crown of promise in her hair.

Copyright 1996 Ruth Gillis

First published in the April 1996 issue of Poet's Review

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