, Gloucester, MA


April 22, 2013

Spring's Annual Announcement

Their faces outlined by rich yellow frills

With tissue-thin skirts on green stems

Rows of deep hued smiling daffodils

Twirling about with their fancy ruffled hems

Wafting lightly in response to a soft beat

Created daily by the gentle early Spring air

Lightly dancing during the day’s sunny heat

A riotous force of color among trees still bare

Sweet faces circled by wisps of pale chiffon

Wave after wave of their new life abound

Scattered about Nugents Stretch and further on

Holding fast in the winter’s hard ground

Molten gold, burnished copper, sunburst yellow

All the shades lovingly described in lore

The fringed trumpets their announcement bellow:

Tis Spring —

Indeed —

Once more —

M.P. Butterfield


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