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MURRAY COUNTY POETRY

Poems by Murray Poets and Poems About Murray County
SIGNS OF SPRING
by
John Homer Luffman
1910-1987


I SAW A JONQUIL IN A SHELTERED PLACE
WIDE OPEN WITH ITS FACE TURNED TO THE SUN
WHILE YET THE ICY WIND BLEW ON APACE
IT CAN'T BE LONG UNTIL THE WINTER'S DONE.
I SAW A ROBIN IN HIS PEG-LEG GAIT
LOOK CLOSELY FOR A MORSEL IN THE GRASS,
I FEEL A KINSHIP WITH HIM AS WE WAIT,
IMPATIENT FOR A MONTH OR TWO TO PASS.
I SAW A KITE FLY HIGH AGAINST A CLOUD
A HAPPY SHIRT-SLEEVE LADDY HELD THE STRING,
AND AS I WATCHED THE SCENE I THOUGHT ALOUD
"THIS IS A SURE-FOR-CERTAIN SIGN OF SPRING."
I SAW A GIRL- HER AGE I DO NOT KNOW-
INSPECTING NEW SPRING FASHIONS IN A STORE,
ANOTHER THING THAT ONLY GOES TO SHOW
IT WON'T BE LONG UNTIL THE WINTER'S O'ER.
WE PUT THE SIGNS TOGETHER, THEN WE SAY
FOR SURE THE WINTER MUST BE ALMOST THROUGH-
AND WHO IS THERE WHO DOESN'T HASTE THE DAY
WHEN SPRINGTIME BRINGS TO NATURE LIFE ANEW.


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