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Judgment by Spring Rain

Text of Poem

Some snarl-faced poet
in his weedy, unfenced youth
booted age into the winter season—
Would that age had the energy
of a blizzard or the bite of zero
or even the sculptured thoughts
lying in cold patterns on drifted snow.
Watch for the thirst for change
when a March sun gets a real foothold
in the sky and the drifts melt.
Patches of ground widen under trees,
see the debris that rides up,
a broken-backed board,
a double-faded newspaper with
who knows what headlines, junk from
the past— these show an aged mind
at its worst.
A spring rain will swell roots,
make them bulge with a sprout
or bloat in decay.

First Line
Some snarl faced poet
Original Pub Location
Original Publication Date
1973
Original Citation
Yankee Magazine (April 1973) 192.
Complete Poems
265
Hearst Collections
Word Count
112
Poetic Form
open
Themes
Twitter Quote
Watch for the thirst for change / when a March sun gets a real foothold / in the sky and the drifts melt.