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Last Day of January
Carolyn Chilton Casas


Last day of January, and yet
spring is galloping
over the velvet hills,
leaving in her wake
a trail of new neon-green grasses
competing like teenagers
to see who is the tallest stalk.

Water rushes down a narrow ravine
to run into the creek bed.
Pale, pixie-faced calla lilies pretend
not to stare as I walk by.
Five sheep call to me
from up on a knoll.
I stop to chat, appreciate
their fleecy sweaters, practical
in the late afternoon chill.

A young boy peeks out
from behind the fence, curious
why I am conversing
with his sheep.
I enjoy talking to animals,
I tell him. He grins happily,
most likely thinking,
finally, an adult who gets it.

From Under the Same Sky (forthcoming January 2024 from Golden Dragonfly Press).
Used here with permission.

Carolyn Chilton Casas lives on the central coast of California. A Reiki Master and teacher, she often explores ways of healing in her writing. Carolyn's stories and poems have appeared in numerous publications and she is the author of one poetry collection, Our Shared Breath. A new collection, Under the Same Sky, is forthcoming. Carolyn enjoys hiking and beach volleyball; learn more about her on Instagram at mindfulpoet_ .


Post New Comment:
Wilda Morris:
Wonderful poem! Great beginning and great ending.
Posted 02/01/2024 10:33 AM
Lori Levy:
I dont talk to animals, but I love the language in this poem and the positive attitude.
Posted 01/31/2024 01:53 PM
Sharon Waller Knutson:
I love the creativity and unique clever metaphors in this delightful uplifting poem and personification of nature: "neon-green grasses competing like teenagers to see who is the tallest stalk' and "Pale, pixie-faced calla lilies pretend not to stare." I can also relate to this poem because I love to talk to animals too.
Posted 01/31/2024 09:49 AM
Shoshauna Shy:
Sweet! Love that last line.
Posted 01/31/2024 08:12 AM
Larry Schug:
Very picturesque. More appears with each reading.
Posted 01/31/2024 07:29 AM

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