Academic journal article The Journal of Baha'i Studies

Divine Springtime

Academic journal article The Journal of Baha'i Studies

Divine Springtime

Article excerpt

We do not refuse Persephone, cruel,

dilatory, wanton as she is. We know

she is intent upon her own

purposes, forgetful of the woe,

the trampled blossoms, the mud

crusted ice and stained snow

clinging to her skirts as they

trail in the fat, melt-fed river's flow

where lovely gold limns

the wands of the willow

here by the sleek, glistening river

which lips and sucks at the yielding bow

of the bank till it lets go, falls

with the last rattling brown bones

of leaf from the beech, slapped

down by rain and hail stones.

She does what she wants, counts no cost -

if these new leaves unfold

their soft serrated tips only to burn

with frost, she has others bold

enough to take their place.

Clumps of dingy snow huddle in ditches,

storms gather, rain frays the edges

of a distant cloud. …

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