Springtime in Maryland
“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” Lao Tzu
Red maples dip their
fingers in crimson-colored paints,
while pear trees coat themselves
with tufts of cotton, and cherry trees
open their blossom eyes to greet the
warm return of sunshine.
All the while, the tallest trees –
poplars, oaks, and elms –
prefer to take their time,
remaining naked in the wind.
Remember, they say, we don’t all need
this colorful commotion to wake up.
Remember, they whisper, that time means
very little when you’re growing strong roots,
when you’re drinking deeply
of the snowmelt and the showers.