a reckoning

and all the while

as winter held its breath

I never knew

 

never realized that you had tucked

a thousand papery bulbs

into the patient soil or that we too

 

would hold our breath

until the thaw

began to take effect

 

and how I’d come to understand

that breath that’s held too long

can be as perilous as permafrost

 

yet once exhaled

can make a spring time

reckoning come true

 

 

© Genista Lewes     from ‘Cat’s Cradle’