. Ode to Spring I see you in the rut of butting rams. __I hear you in the chirruping of chicks. I feel you in the frolic of the lambs. __I watch you in the snort and squeal and kicks Of peachy piglets latching on to lunch. __I sense you in the luscious, grassy lea--- That beaming gleam of velveteen in green, __Where hungry hares tear tender tufts to munch, And gangly calves cavort to coos of glee __From flirty, loved-up doves who woo and preen. I breathe you in the fragrant floral wood __Where graceful swathes of bluebells dance in praise Of blazing rays where frigid Winter stood __With frosty airs---that chilly, ghostly gaze. Hurray to every bright and sprightly day! __You bless the barren sprawl of Mother Earth With bursting buds and butterflies and bees. __You light the way to Summer’s bold display With gifts of resurrection and rebirth. __Your Easter splendor rises on the breeze. When mists and mellow fruitfulness depart, __I’m lifted by your sylvan scenes within--- Your verdant beauty blossoms in my heart. __Your budding wonder blooms beneath my skin. I revel in the vibrancy you bring. __My wishes wander buoyant as a cloud O’er vales and hills that spill with jocund thrills--- __Your golden trumpets will my soul to sing. On dreary days I shrug off sorrow’s shroud __And float my boat on seas of daffodils. First published in Snakeskin Susan Jarvis Bryant has poetry published on Lighten Up Online, Snakeskin, Light, Sparks of Calliope, and Expansive Poetry Online. She also has poetry published in TRINACRIA, Beth Houston’s Extreme Formal Poems anthology, and in Openings (anthologies of poems by Open University Poets in the UK). Susan is the winner of the 2020 International SCP Poetry Competition, and has been nominated for the 2022 Pushcart Prize.