29 February 2020

Six:fifty: kitchen whispering

a sunrise with tea and toast

and hope. Looking out, planning what to grow.

After autumn digging, ridging, the prospect now

of perfect loam:

giving all roots a place

to trust, explore, make home.

An extra day of winter

to clear away with

the spring-tine rake

an extra day together,

to wait.

After last frost — down to work,

no short cut, no leap 

to that velvety green

only regular care rewarded 

in time

with a

brightening of the ground outside:

each day, more light

on sharp new grass

as March meets us here


melts February’s heart.


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