2021 Poetry Broadside Submission 28: BUDS AND THE GOLDEN SHOVEL after Nora Marks Dauenhauer By Tamara Holman, Soldotna

BUDS AND THE GOLDEN SHOVEL
after Nora Marks Dauenhauer
By Tamara Holman, Soldotna

 

Warm April hike, all
forest beings’ breath bated. First sign of
spring’s annual creation
anticipated. The earth is
soft, snow melts. Cottonwoods’ puckering
trunks, topped with
speckled branches. Tiny buds
poised. Soon to be exploding
with life! Air filled with their
spice. Balsam perfumes
on warm breezes, intoxicating,
invigorating, renewing, all
urging past winter’s darkness. Who
among the forest doesn’t savor
winter’s slow fade? This
magical time is heralded by aroma
collectively exhaled, hinting of
the rebirth of spring.

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