March has moved its hand closer
to later light, and evening chores,
where clearings reveal the soggy rot
of flora, fauna, and other leavings.
Here, the push of life meets layers
of remains, greets the collective decay
with grace and stance. Earth’s release
gains momentum. Newness
points skyward, sharpens its blades
with grassy aim. Bleakness is passing.
She rakes the lawn with renewed spirit,
smiles as she walks toward her wheelbarrow,
for hope whispers in the burgeoning green,
where all life lifts in Spring.
Jeannie E. Roberts lives and writes in Hallie, a rural area near the Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. She is the author of Nature of it All, a chapbook (Finishing Line Press, 2013), and Beyond Bulrush, a full-length poetry collection (forthcoming from Lit Fest Press, 2015). Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, her work appears in Festival of Language’s Festival Writer, Misty Mountain Review, Off the Coast, Quill & Parchment, the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets’ Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar and elsewhere. Learn more about Jeannie at http://www.jrcreative.biz.