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Days after the Winter Solstice By Richard Stokes
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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

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Writers' Weir

Days after the Winter Solstice

 

 

By Richard Stokes


 

 

Even if you listen carefully

 

you will not hear the shift of breathing

 

in buds tightly clenched against winter.

 

Deep in alder and cottonwood thickets

 

a buzz has started as more photons of light

 

cascade over the fist-tight buds

 

than yesterday and the day before,

 

beginning tingles of expectation and of hope,

 

a quickening to build day by day

 

until the green and aromatic explosion of Spring.

 

 

• Richard Stokes, a Juneau resident since 1971, writes about nature, which he loves, and aging, which he is doing.