A tease and a promise

by Lindsay Smail

People are complaining about Spring
they say she’s slow
and she’s fickle
she’s cold
and she’s leaving us unfulfilled

I think she’s taking it easy on us
she’s seen how fragile we all are
how hard we take it

She’s easing us in
coaxing us back to life
with a tease and a promise
a long, slow seduction
for the shy and the frightened

— from Juniper Volume 2, Issue 3