Sunday, May 08, 2011
This from Carl Dennis from his book, "New and Selected Poems, 1974 - 2004," available in your local bookstore now.
Spring, I remembered you all these months.
I spoke of the green yard under the snow
To my slumped visitors.
I sobered the giddy neighbors.
"You may think you're happy,"
I cautioned, "but recall the tea roses,
The lost leaves of the dogwood tree."
But now you have fallen upon us, Spring,
So much greener than I remembered.
Friends I kept from forgetting
Laugh at me as they run outside
For falling so short in your praise.