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Sally Nacker


When you first see spring, announce it clearly:
cheerily, cheery, cheerily.
Keep your flight note high, and trilled.
Hop. Sing with a will.

Let your orange heart shine. April
rains will loosen the earth for you, thrill
you with sweet worms. Seek open ground,
green lawn, insect sound.

That said, safe blessedness of home is best.
Seek a private tree for your own nest.
Build. Gather grasses, mud, and hairó
quietly. Take care.

From Night Snow (Kelsay Books, 2017).
This poem first appeared in The Orchards Poetry Journal.
Used with permission.

Sally Nacker is the author of three books of poetry, her most recent—Kindness in Winter—forthcoming from Kelsay Books. Sally feels a kinship with the natural world and enjoys walking in all sorts of weather—particularly in rain and snow. She takes Thoreau’s advice (and Nellie Teale’s) about sauntering, and walks slowly. Sally lives in Connecticut with her husband and two cats. Learn more about her at


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This is a smile-maker--so creative. Love it!
Posted 04/18/2021 08:18 AM
Lori Levy:
Love "Let your orange heart shine."
Posted 04/16/2021 03:26 PM
Cheerily, cheery, cheerily...those words make me happy! I live in Connecticut, too, and we do have lovely forests and trees and meadows! But right here, in my backyard, I love to watch the robins!
Posted 04/16/2021 11:37 AM
I like this poem!
Posted 04/16/2021 11:08 AM
I like the fact that the rhyme is not intrusive, allowing the message of empathy to shine through.
Posted 04/16/2021 10:24 AM
Janet Leahy:
Robins do announce the season we all wait for. Here the rhyme falls softly at the end of the lines, love the use of the word blessedness in this line . . ."safe blessedness of home is best." Thanks Sally
Posted 04/16/2021 09:47 AM
michael escoubas:
Well done, Sally . . . winsome and happy poem . . . just right for the season.
Posted 04/16/2021 09:38 AM
You can sense the love of all nature in this poem. Deeply felt emotion.
Posted 04/16/2021 08:46 AM
Larry Schug:
"Let your orange heart shine" Indeed!
Posted 04/16/2021 07:24 AM
What fun. I love 'Thrill / you with sweet worms". . . . so unexpected.
Posted 04/16/2021 05:04 AM

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