The Spring Witch



Ten years ago I wrote this poem about George Wilson’s painting “The Spring Witch.” It appears in my book Vexed Questions:




The Spring Witch


Her farmer’s foot sturdy,

toes gripping the soft moss,

treads between the white crocuses

cat clever.

She’s in a trance of one just called to wakefulness

from the cave of hibernation,

holding a green gourd of uncapped April

from which thoughts of warm rain ribbon out,

swirl gossamer around her bright body,

container for robineggs childeggs rabbiteggs treebuds.

Dreams of dogwood

swirlcurl as she advances.


Intensity of Fragrance:




Lily of the Valley,


Mock Orange.

Incense of Spring,

Nothing in all the world of summer

Smells like you.

Too heady for me to keep

In my bedroom,

You clot the air with sweetness.

I will dream of bees.




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Published by ahiggins2013

poet, birder, senior citizen, cancer survivor, Catholic sister. Eight books of poetry published: At the Year’s Elbow, Mellen Poetry Press 2000; Scattered Showers in a Clear Sky, Plain View Press 2007; chapbooks: Pick It Up and Read, Finishing Line Press 2008, How the Hand Behaves, Finishing Line Press 2009, Digging for God, Wipf and Stock 2010, Vexed Questions, Aldrich Press 2013, Reconnaissance, Texture Press 2014, and Life List, Finishing Line Press, 2015.

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