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Meredith Davies Hadaway

Crocuses

Young Robin by Amanda Snyder

Year after year, I watch my neighbor’s
crocuses reclaim the yard. Purple spreads
from edge to edge while the ghost
of grass still sleeps beneath a frosted veil.

Nothing can deter their clamor to return.
Expanding beyond fence and boundary,
they pop up beneath a bench, beside a brick,
between the stones of my front walk.

Welcome emissaries whose radiant
message just as quickly disappears.
Here today and gone tomorrow—as
my flower guide describes—like hope.

 

About the writer:
Meredith Davies Hadaway is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Small Craft Warning, a collaborative volume with artist Marcy Dunn Ramsey. Her previous collection, At the Narrows, was winner of the Delmarva Book Prize. She is currently the Sophie Kerr Poet-in-Residence at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland.

Image: Young Robin by Amanda Snyder (1894-1980). Watercolor on paper. No size specified. 1950. Public domain.

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