a reckoning

and all the while

as winter held its breath

I never knew


never realized that you had tucked

a thousand papery bulbs

into the patient soil or that we too


would hold our breath

until the thaw

began to take effect


and how I’d come to understand

that breath that’s held too long

can be as perilous as permafrost


yet once exhaled

can make a spring time

reckoning come true



© Genista Lewes     from ‘Cat’s Cradle’

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