Wake Up, Back Yard!

By Lawrence “Mack in Texas” Hall

Wake up, back yard! The day is warm and bright
The water hoses are stiff, the nozzles are fouled
And I’m stiff too, but we are called by the morning light
To celebrate this spring-before-spring day

Brave seedlings from last year’s sunflowers arise
Among the tiny wings of zinnia buds
And the pushy skunk cabbages who hang around
Like playground bullies who ought to go find jobs

The yellow pollen teases through my nose
And everywhere this happy new year grows!

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