Naked bushes still shiver like kids
on a beach, teeth chattering, fingers turning blue.
Winter has overstayed her welcome, again,
the guest who won’t leave after the nightcap.
Anxious to launch those famous showers,
April throats an annoyed “a-hem” to the cold.
A full moon quilts the reservoir in silver as
vestiges of snow on the roof tick their way to the dirt.
One sunrise, I spy from the window still fuzzy with frost,
green specks, determined, pushing through softening earth.
Lorraine Amada is a writer and poet who teaches English as a Second Language (ESL). A New York native, Lorraine currently lives in the Bay Area. Recently two of her poems, “Suburban Snowstorm” and “Praise the Rain” were published in Pilcrow and Dagger magazine. Lorraine’s themes – the wonders of nature and animal life and the imperfect connections of humans – were captured in her first collection, The Rhythm of Healing.” She is currently finalizing her next collection of nature poems, Praise the Rain.