The Sun Yawned

It’s the first day of Spring.

With a slow stretch,

the sun yawns into the deep, still sea of sky,

softens the clear, cloudless blue,

reddens the top branches of the elms,

slowly slides its smiling light down the trunks.

I watch from my upstairs window.

Oh, Spring, at times

I thought you had forgotten us.

But your name is on the calendar square.

I’ve underlined it.

And here you are!

Warmth is drifting through the air, I think,

anticipating a day without a coat,

maybe even without a sweater.

I’m thinking bluebirds,

white blossoms on the dogwood,

seeds to be planted,

spring-fresh air to breathe.

Then I notice the roof of the first floor

just beneath my window.

The shingles glitter with frost.

I flick my phone to the weather.

Twenty-six degrees.


Oh, Winter,

you may be gone,

but in your wake, you’ve left a chill.

Of course you have,

for it’s only

the first day of Spring.

– kh –


Nurture peace, cultivate kindness, and carry the calm.

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The World In Your Hand

Happy First Day of Spring!

“When you take a flower in your hand

and really look at it,

it’s your world for the moment.”

Georgia O’Keeffe


Nourish peace, cultivate loving kindness, and carry the calm.


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Shadow of the Week – birdhouse on the deck:


Text and photos © 2016 Karyn Henley. All rights reserved.