~~ a Springtime quindecim

by tkbrown
The world slowly opens its eyes,
sleep lazily drifting away--
from a year of treatment trial
to real-life--so far from benign.
Changes await--careless and wise;
whate'er we do, whate'er we say,
the virus spreads 'mongst us still,
and more choose to brave the vaccine.
Beleaguered businesses devise
plans to re-open 'midst the fray;
some return with variant viral
increase showing no let-up sign.
What was is done, ne'er will it be
relived. The things--this day--we see
matter, e'en when we disagree.

Winds of Spring challenge Winter's droll
as temperatures rise and fall.
The "Lion," chased by frolicking "Lamb,"
skitters into the waking woods,
then returns with his empty bowl--
whistling sweetly, utters a call
to Springtime warmth, mimicking clam--
then lowers it to scoop his "goods."
Remnant sweetness drifts to the shoal,
settles against debris strewn wall--
although it did spare Birmingham--
while moving on to other 'hoods.
Awakening is bittersweet
as the month pulses to its feet
when Winter's cold and warmth do meet.

As Winter draws to a close and Springtime opens her eyes, we all await warmer days with antsy anticipation. A combination of factors makes this "looking forward" even edgier this year: the Covid-19 pandemic, the social distancing and disinfecting protocols to protect self and others, the record-breaking snowfall and temperatures, the toll taken by both the pandemic and the weather. Even as we are hopeful for a year of recovery, health, happiness, and prosperity, we face new challenges in various forms. Look ahead with assurance of the fact: "This too shall pass," (Anonymous).


Photo Above: by Gerd Altmann


By tkbrown

I believe family is a gift from God and should be treated as such. I love writing with a broad array of intent and purpose. I have written poetry virtually all my life, and much nonfiction in academia. My expanded efforts in all areas have finally taken off in retirement. I have much to accomplish now that I have the time. Other hobbies are painting, researching ancestry and myriad topics for my writing, knitting, crocheting, cooking -- always trying new recipes and always cooking for my health. I have many other hobbies, but these seem to dominate most of my time. Oh, did I mention I am the mother of three grown children and grandmother of seven. I have been blessed immensely and am the happier for it.


  1. Das Leben
    ist und uns allen
    ein Geschenk

    das Leben
    ist die Antwort
    der Seele
    seit seinem Beginn
    uns als ein Geheimnis
    auf Mutter Erde

    der Menschwerdung
    die noch im Gange ist

    wir haben Zeit
    nicht unendlich
    nicht zum Besitz

    Zeit ist eine
    der Messbarkeit
    zwischen dem
    da und dem entfernten
    einem Gleichnis
    zwischen der Geburt
    und dem Tod im dort

    wir haben alle
    die Aufgabe
    unserer Bestimmung
    durch unser Leben
    der Seele zu folgen

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    1. “We all have

      the task
      our destiny
      through our life
      to follow the soul”

      This statement has such meaning and depth. I commend you for translating it into words everyone can understand! Blessings!

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      1. Ich danke Ihnen für Ihre Antwort

        Ich bin ein einfacher Mensch
        ich habe keinen Auftrag

        ich denke
        in jedem Menschen
        ist das Gewissen
        die innere Stimme

        als das
        wovon ich berichte
        und erzähle

        Herzliche Grüsse
        Hans Gamma

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      2. Guten Abend.

        Darf ich nochmals auf meine Antwort an Sie zurückkommen?

        Ich habe meine Antwort an Sie auf ( veröffentlicht.

        Es tut mir sehr leid, es entspricht nicht dem was ich daselbst, Ihnen gesagt habe.

        Mir war es im Moment nicht bewusst. Deswegen bitte ich Sie um Verzeihung.

        Bitte sagen Sie mir, ob ich den Beitrag dort löschen soll.

        Mit herzlichen Grüssen
        Hans Gamma

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      3. I would not ask you to delete the post. You have a right to your view of things. I see nothing wrong in what you said. Please accept my apologies if I made you feel there was error in it. That was never my intention. Thank You for responding again to let me know this. Blessings!

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      4. Guten Tag

        Vielen Dank, Sie haben, von dem was ich sage, liebevoll geantwortet. Sie sind ganz ohne Schuld.

        Ich wünsche Ihnen, einen wunderbaren Tag.

        Herzliche Grüsse
        Hans Gamma

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