This Spring let the world keep out




Here’s an appropriate poem by Ruth Lechlitner:



Ruth Lechlitner     Forever This Spring      Published: The New Masses, March 14, 1939.


This Spring let the world keep out, we said, alone

Our feet to the path over the woodmint,

The red-tipped moss, and ours the single flower

Lovely under stone.


But here before us the hazel boughs are broken,

The coiled fern flattened by the invader’s heel,

The hot spoor on the crushed leaf marking the course

That terror has taken.


When buds split and willow strikes like a whip at the heart,

When the hard fire at earth’s core rolls

In green flame against the destroyers

How shall we walk apart?


The defenders too are among us; those who command

The blade of the quick fern, pattern the changing season,

Reshape the leaf and bind the bough

With a healer’s hand;


And those who have fallen are with us; they shall inherit

Forever this, Spring when the stars of bloodroot burn,

When light draws from the shadow of running water

The promised violet.


Star Magnolia photo by Randy Lyons

Star Magnolia   photo by Randy Lyons



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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