We Rejoice

seeing the first green weed
moved by its brave emergence
in brown landscape.

Bold, slim, solitary,
the weed lords it over life
just stirring to emerge
yet unsure of spring.

Carol Smallwood’s recent books include Divining the Prime Meridian (2015); Writing After Retirement (2014); Water, Earth, Air, Fire, and Picket Fences (2014). Women on Poetry: Writing, Revising, Publishing and Teaching is on Poets & Writers Magazine list of Best Books for Writers. www.pw.org/content/carol_smallwood