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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 secret awakening sap within the trees,
that stirs one’s mind to thoughts of a verdant earth?
The Maine maples’ cambium strain anew,
and so too, the juices of the mind thaw to dream
of pale leaves unfolding,
of hillsides with loamy sun-warmed shoulders,
of hostas’ fresh raw green press unhurried.
Though, yes, there is maple syrup now to make,
the rhododendron blossoms all still resemble cardinals.