a reckoning

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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