Friday, February 21, 2014

Cold Rain Comes

Athens, Georgia
February 20, 2014

A cold rain comes before the spring

When low skies gather
gray on gray  
enfolding days in dim light
then spring is just a doctrine
and summer a strange theory
of celestial alignment
stillborn in the winter mind
(and cold rain comes before the spring).

All through my life
a languid day
stretched forever, passed away
as each endeavor brought demise
and fresh beginnings found their end
my summer grace encountered fall
and foundered on the winter mind
(where cold rain comes instead of spring).

With God and wisdom
filed and stored
our angel nature now ignored
then what can lead a frozen soul
from tight-argued passion
to kind-hearted action
breaking through the winter mind?
(A cold rain comes to usher spring).

But when the low gray
gathers hold
enfolding lives in dim light;
we set our faces hard to night,
engage the bitter winter mind

And cold rain comes before the spring.

"Ice on Leaves"
by David Noah,
Winterville, Georgia