By Marilyn Jones,
Schoolcraft’s Poet Laureate
I always look forward to springtime
When once again the earth turns green,
The whiff of fresh air, and birds tweeting
Give my spirits a life … know what I mean?
This year, the winter has been dragging its feet,
More snow is disappointing to see,
But if we can just be a bit patient
Daffodils and tulips are what we’ll see.
Is your garden ready for planting?
A hanging basket would be okay too,
In my small, back-door garden (on legs)
Last year I grew pansies, quite a few.
In the year 2020 a pandemic came along
Most of the businesses shut down,
It was tiresome to be quarantined at home
Lots of folks wore a gloomy frown.
But some friends dropped groceries at the door
Others wrote a note or called to talk,
It was a day brightener to hear from each one
And we could still go for a walk.
Going out the door, I got a pleasant surprise
There in my barren garden was one tiny pansy,
It stands proud, while reaching for the sky
If it can survive snow, wind and a virus.
I have confidence.
If a tiny pansy can make it …
So can I!