Tulip Tree in Bloom, January Every working day I pass a tulip tree on yellow grass and strain to see, when it appears, petals out this time of year. Even our southern winter's strong-- it hunkers down and won't move on: A sky that presses close its gray; chilling drizzle day by day; dark roofs ranked as far as sight can make them out in dreary light; the city's business, lusterless, car and bank, store and bus. Even as we rush about, we settle in to wait it out; the whole world sighs and mutters Winter-- except this small and frail dissenter who seems to have her signals crossed-- stands half-splendid, half at loss, and throws out from each kindling branch blossoms whiter than a trance. Winter has its point to press; like everyone, I acquiesce. So why be caught by such a thing-- one little fool who thinks it's spring? 'Round Bedtime a villanelle for my daughter When will sleep subdue this noisy cub? It's 10 p.m., but still she wants to take her seventy-one-piece tea set in the tub. This is what she wants, and here's the rub: Until she's all played out she'll stay awake. Oh when will sleep subdue this noisy cub? She'll scream if I (before that final glub of water down the drain) should undertake to lift her precious tea set from the tub. She's belting out a tuneless rub-a-dub-- the tiles echo till my eardrums ache. Oh when will sleep subdue this noisy cub? I might assuage my dolor at the pub, but cannot here shake off the urge to break her seventy-one-piece tea set in the tub. She's out now, but she cries for frosted flakes. The bathroom floor's an unnamed little lake. Oh when will sleep subdue this noisy cub? I fish her floating tea things from the tub. Tim J. Myers is a writer, songwriter, storyteller, and senior lecturer at Santa Clara University. His children’s books have won recognition from theNew York Times, NPR, and the Smithsonian; he has 16 out and more on the way. He’s published over 140 poems, won a first prize in a poetry contest judged by John Updike, has three books of adult poetry out with one in press, published a nonfiction book on fatherhood, and won a major prize in science fiction. He won the West Coast Songwriters Saratoga Chapter Song of the Year and the 2012 SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for Fiction. Find him at www.TimMyersStorySong.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TimJMyers1.