Cycle of Seasons
In our patch four distinct seasons
wheel from solstice to solstice.
Like parents love all the children,
we love each season, but as with
children some may be favored more
than others, like a parent we know
the strengths and weaknesses of each.
Winter displays its glistening
white snow, and its vivid blue sky
above the churning sea.
Pleasing aromas come from unseen
oak wood fires. Then too are
the fears of destructive
blizzards and freezing winds.
Spring, a season of renewal and hope,
brings green peeking through the brown,
purple crocuses, and there's sweet scent
on air currents from the south.
A rabbit's kits munch nervously
on bits of grass. Then too there's
the heavy rains, the mud and flooded roads.
Summer, with its warm breezes,
reveals a plethora of greens and blues.
The clean smell when a gentle shower
with lightning displays, accent the season.
Then too there is the worry
of hurricanes, water shortages,
and of blistering heat and humidity.
Fall brings cool weather, colorful
sweaters and comfortable jackets. A mass
of warm colors clothe the trees. Apples,
squashes and jugs of cider pile high on tables
at the weekly farmers' markets. Diligent workers
at bogs harvest cranberry. Then too we know
it won't last, our favorite season will end.