It is the snap of daffodils
piercing mud
they have been under
too long sleeping,

in the throats of peepers
chanting all night
their pagan worship

suddenly, you know it–
that pause happening only
inside April, the indrawn breath

the gasp from everything living
when hands draw sky open,
pulling back gauze curtains
across a window too long blocked
from direct light.

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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29 Responses to clarity

  1. Alice Keys says:

    WOOHOO Spring at last. Spring at last. Great God almighty spring at last. This is my response to your fine poem.;-)

  2. “that pause happening only
    inside April, the indrawn breath”

    this, and pagan worship, are singing to me!

  3. at last
    spring’s sprites arrive
    the earth stirs

    at last
    sleeping daffodils snap
    to life to wave
    to stir spring worshippers

    at last, and the long waiting and withheld voices
    of poets spring to life
    singing, celebrating, dancing to
    this new external unfolding,
    internal awakening and joyous stirrings all humming

    • Ah, Noel, you nailed it! Beautiful, beautiful words. I feel like poetry is springing up from the earth, post-equinox, and you must be feeling similar stirrings, with that fresh new (and gorgeous) life in your family.

  4. You have your own distinct rhythm for sure, Susan–this showcases it beautifully.

  5. davidtrudel says:

    It took a while but the warmth of the westcoast finally got there. Sending you more warm thoughts Susan!

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  7. David Eric Cummins says:

    Awesome! I love the lines about the peepers. I just mentioned peepers in a Spring poem the other day on my blog and half expected people to ask what they are, lol. 🙂

  8. yeoldefoole says:

    O Gawd YES!

  9. jeglatter says:

    Yes! Everything living gasps.:) Beautiful! -Jennifer

  10. I have peepers by the millions – but not yet – more snow today. You give the season drama.

  11. I should really experience spring one of these days 🙂

  12. unfetteredbs says:

    I was so enjoying the warmth of Spring..until hit 34 yesterday. UGH. But you bring the “awakening” so well here Susan. I love the nightly serenade of the peepers

  13. nelle says:

    Pagan worship, har… love it. Strength of sun…equal to August 28th.

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