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  • By Adam Sedia

Ode to Spring

Western Landscape, Mount Whitney by Albert Bierstadt, 1869.

O life-affirming season, mild and fair

Yet bursting with life, rousing long-dulled sense,

Whose spark of youth electrifies the air

Heavy with mists and mossy, flowered scents;

That decks high boughs caressing gentle rains

In clustered blooms of purple, pink, and white,

And lightest sap-green buds, youth’s soft first strains;

That draws blue hyacinths, gold daffodils,

And motley tulips into waxing light

And fills the air with strains of birdsong trills.

Too long the world lay silent, dim, and bare,

Like some cratered, craggy Neptunian moon,

So alien to this brilliance none would dare

Believe it even was, or fled so soon.

But reign bleak Winter did, and whispered why:

No scion of corrupted Nature stays;

Last Spring’s world spoiled within and had to die,

But dying, bore the seeds of its rebirth.

And as the Sun waxed strong, his warming rays

Coaxed forth this newborn world of youth and mirth.

Hail, world reborn! – not wildly new or rare,

But of familiar hues and songs well-loved

Because each year they grace these days, show there

Is yet hope, and recalls when hearts first moved.

Hail, Resurrection! – Life’s last victory,

Resurgence of our loved world as it was,

Not as our vain desires would have it be.

Its glorious, refulgent splendor shows

The radiant Truth, belies what fools call flaws:

The lost world is restored, the faded glows!

Adam Sedia (b. 1984) lives in his native Indiana, where he practices as a civil and appellate litigation attorney. His poems have appeared in print and online publications, and he has published two volumes of poetry: The Spring's Autumn (2013) and Inquietude (2016). He also composes music, which may be heard on his YouTube channel. He lives with his wife, Ivana, and their children.

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