Kalends of April

Magnolia blossoms flutter in tatters;
dandelion bursts forth with Queen Anne’s Lace.
Cherry tree opens its blooms, then scatters
all its frail petals. Frogs serenely face
the water, eyes a-hunt for passing flies,
while snakes slither in grass toward those same frogs.
Nature puts on her first brilliant disguise:
cheerful mushrooms springing from rotten logs;
bees bumble-flit around azalea bush;
Hawk chicklings chirp in their lofty eyrie.
Yet beneath these hues, Gaia’s face is harsh:
Nothing survives that is weak, or weary.
Woe and joy are mingled in nature’s hue,
honey’s distilled from both clover and rue.

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