Mitten layers

April snow
May bring flowers
wait and see
Will the mud melt more—or less—today?

Sometimes thermometers lie
Certainly, from April to March
when Earth has the fever
so her blood chills and sweats
maple syrup, strawberry
juice and ants

Without the heat, the sap won’t flow
Without the cold, we might never know

Don’t you think crocuses are most beautiful
on a crystal floor and the rising white wall?
Don’t step on it
its more fleeting than you.

She doesn’t intend the drifting
to be so contrary
Simply remember yesterday
to wear the sweater or not

-A.J.M.

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