The Swan River Thaw

Earthy buds on frail fingertips spring and gasp
as a sign of promise and principle,

Birds talk feverishly,
consumed by thoughts of grand copulations
feathers furled to avoid confrontations.

The pines just watch, stoically

Nature’s poetry,
subtle fluctuations and intricate architecture.

Squirrels eagerly poke their heads out of creased trees
to view the fresh world.