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On the 3rd Day of Spring
Nancy K. Jentsch


birdsong woos crocus and nettle
soothes rooster’s worried caw
cheers cicada-scarred bark
overrides motorcycle’s junk muffler
triples value of weeding time
shouts love to those who listen
sweetens trees’ lungs and sap
betroths the earth to the sky
the mundane to the magnificent.

© by Nancy K. Jentsch.
Used with the author’s permission.


Nancy K. Jentsch calls herself “a second-career poet,” having taught German and Spanish at Northern Kentucky University until 2020. She claims to now be “walking through life looking for just the right words, enjoying the thrill of the hunt and the mystery of the power of language.” Nancy's newest collection, Between the Rows, was released in 2022. Her work has appeared in various online and print journals and in several anthologies. Nancy says one of the best compliments she ever received was a friend’s comment about one of her poems: "I don't like poetry, but I like this." Learn more about Nancy, who lives in Camp Springs, Kentucky, at



Post New Comment:
So many wonderful images, combining into a lovely poem!
Posted 03/23/2023 10:46 AM
Lori Levy:
Great details and images.
Posted 03/22/2023 05:39 PM
michael escoubas:
I do like poetry and like this! Nicely done, Nancy.
Posted 03/22/2023 09:39 AM
oh , "betroths the earth to the sky" is going to be one of my favorite lines ever!! Nancy, you found the right words for sure. Thank you thank you
Posted 03/22/2023 08:13 AM

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