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Billy Clem: Spring in White

It’s April and the robins have returned and shit

streaks long and white as pulled, uncolored taffy.

They christen budding lawns, walkways, and streets

clear now for the ice cream man who anticipates

heat with his gauzed wrists and cow-bell.

Kids on the block escape their winter nests and find

a first taste of chance before they watch

their sweet, fat clouds tumble after a few licks and grins

to the appreciative, marching ants.

And the block’s crazy lady,

boarded up all winter with her bright, uncaged birds

singing, cawing, screaming like a Pride Parade

in rooms undusted and stacked with newspapers

and letters from three wars ago, comes out

in her straw hat, 80s shades, Birkenstocks,

and loose, cream-colored socks—the season’s first linens.

She dances clean through the stains and spills, and stares

to the fields of lilac and viburnum now cleaning the air, at last—

her long silk scarf trailing her like a wedding veil, waving us goodbye.

Copyright 2017 Billy Clem



White lilac

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This entry was posted on April 3, 2017 by in Environmentalism, Humor and Satire, Opinion Leaders, Poetry and tagged , .

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