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Poetry: Waiting for Spring

4 March 2011 at 21:37 | 1039 views

Waiting for Spring

By Fayia Sellu, California, USA.

I thirsted for spring
Like I hungered for rain
In another lifetime
Beating the red earth
Effusing steam on parched soil
The aroma, like fresh-burnt
Poppy seeds rose to greet
Gloomy skies

Against cane-taught wisdom
We will be kids
Will come home, teeth clattering
Tales of the fever to come
It was not the rain
Mosquitoes supply residual malaria
Too late
We get the cane—and the fever too

Here, there is sprinkle for rain
Yet there is flooding
Spring brings a glimpse
Of life
I see skin, faces light up
Human spirit uncoiled
From winter-constrictor’s fangs

I will be there
Wither the sun smiles
Even if for me, a somber grin.