dreaming of summer

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Temp today: High 34  Low 17

Blossoms Like Cardinals

Though the wind blows cold and the frozen earth offers little encouragement,
the end of February brings restless dreams of summer.
Is it the silent awakening sap within the trees
that stirs our thoughts of verdant earth?
Maine maples’ cambium secretively strain anew
and so too the juices of the mind thaw to dream.
Dreams of pale leaves unfurling,
of hillsides with loamy sun-warmed shoulders,
of hostas’ green spikes fresh and unhurried.
Yes, how sweet the song of Spring,
but for now the rhododendron blossoms still resemble cardinals.