Writers' Weir: Days after the Winter Solstice

Days after the Winter Solstice

BY RICHARD STOKES

Even if you listen carefully

you will not hear the shift of breathing

in buds tightly clenched against winter.

Deep in alder and cottonwood thickets

a buzz has started as more photons of light

cascade over the fist-tight buds

than yesterday and the day before,

beginning tingles of expectation and of hope,

a quickening to build day by day

until the green and aromatic explosion of Spring.

• Richard Stokes, a Juneau resident since 1971, writes about nature, which he loves, and aging, which he is doing.

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