Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Spring Trysts

trout lilies / PSC 2014
trout lilies / PSC 2014
trillium / PSC 2014

Spring Trysts

I stumbled upon the trilliums today –
just popping through last autumn’s oak remains
(trout lilies’ leaves having peeked out days ago,
but Jack-in-the-pulpit, still in hiding)

They called out to me on the trail
wanting to have their picture taken
so I indulged them,
marveling at how quickly they’d grown,
(as they were nowhere to be seen just days before)
and pleased to see them, alive and well,
after such a long, cold winter. We visited a bit,
then went our separate ways, smiling, 
each happy to have seen the other.

I worry about them, at times, wondering
who will visit them when I’m gone?  (and:
who will watch out for this lovely place?)  

Every day I say goodbye
as if this might be our last tryst,  
like a slow, painful peeling away –
pulling a Band-Aid from a wound.
I worry & I hope
someone else will come along
to pick up
where I’ve left off


Jack-in-the-pulpit / PSC 2011
trout lilies / PSC 2011
trillium / PSC 2011

Written for 2014 April PAD Challenge:  Day 22 – An Optimistic and/or Pessimistic poem:


  1. This poem is a real ode to spring for me, Pamela! Brings to mind my many walks to the woodlot at the back of our farm when I was growing up here in Ontario. The trillium is our provincial flower & it is such an awesome flower to see each year. I like your lines, especially, "We visited a bit,
    then went our separate ways, smiling,
    each happy to have seen the other." The joy is clear!

    1. THANKS, Patricia! So glad you stopped by to enjoy this one. It takes a fellow wanderer to appreciate. Your lovely comments made my day. :-)

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    1. Ahhh, thanks, Mosk! I so appreciate the kind words! :-)