3 months shy

Oh my god did you know
that spring is actually
like really
for real
going to come someday?

And after that, guess what!

I. Know.

You might wonder why I am mentioning all this,
it being February and
a week after a blizzard and
emphatically not spring.

Well, friends.
Today, I looked out my window at 4:00 pm and it was NOT DARK.
In fact,
it was not even getting dark.
It didn’t even look like about to be getting dark.

And then, do you know what?
I looked out my window again at 4:28, and friends
it was still not dark.

Now it’s 5:24, and it is getting dark. There is a long gloaming.
If there were leaves on the trees, the view from this window could be 9:00 pm in June.

Of course, there are not any leaves on the trees.
But today was the first thrill of looking out the window,
fully expecting to see darkness
and the reflections of my lamplight looking back,
and seeing instead the continuation of light.

My mother says “a little more each day.”

I guess I had not really noticed before.

But she tends to be right. About this most of all.
Spring is

(In three months or so.)

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