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David E. Poston

for Nell
Can you believe it? 
Palm Sunday snow showers 
christening daylilies, 
forsythia in blazing 
Soon, the blush of crepe myrtle, 
the splash of azalea blossoms, 
bursts of tulips, 
all the beauty to be 
born again.
As these flakes 
bless the indifferent ground 
for tender bulbs, 
for wild onion, for clover, 
the tiniest of pale buds 
on the fingertips of the river birch 
will begin looking 
for you.
When this long drab darkness 
is forgotten 
and the world calls, 
when spring 
comes for 
once again, 
what could you call it 
but wonderful?
© by David E. Poston.
Used with the author’s permission.

David E. Poston is a writer, runner, and retired teacher who lives in Gastonia, North Carolina, with his wife Patty--also a retired teacher. His poetry has appeared in a number of journals and anthologies , most recently Bearers of Distance (Eastern Point Lit House & Press), an anthology of poems by runners, the proceeds from which will benefit Boston Marathon bombing victims. David is also the author of My Father Reading Greek and Postmodern Bourgeois Poetaster Blues, which won the North Carolina Writers’ Network’s Randall Jarrell/Harperprints Poetry Competition in 2007. Learn more about him at



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Yes-and each year more wonderful!
Posted 04/30/2014 05:26 PM
"As these flakes bless the indifferent ground "--My favorite lines, both because of the blessing and because of the description of the ground as "indifferent." Rich with meaning!
Posted 04/13/2014 08:23 PM
When spring comes for you...beautiful and poignant poem David. Thank you.
Posted 04/13/2014 12:31 PM
Donna Pflueger:
David, your poem is simply, hauntingly beautiful. I was especially touched by your line...the tiniest of pale buds on the fingertips of the river birch will begin looking for you... Thank you.
Posted 04/13/2014 09:50 AM
What a wonderful idea that Bearers of Distance will benefit the Boston Marathon victims, especially now as we approach the first anniversary of that sad event.
Posted 04/13/2014 08:44 AM
"when spring comes for you"--my favorite part, too.
Posted 04/13/2014 07:05 AM
Larry Schug:
Fine, fine poem. Fortunate Nell.
Posted 04/13/2014 06:33 AM
Spring, amen :)
Posted 04/13/2014 04:36 AM
Beautiful poem, David. My favorite part is "when spring comes for you."
Posted 04/12/2014 11:23 PM

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