The drive is beautiful
staggering views of trees
mostly still bare and brown
with dark green conifers for emphasis

I wonder if I will ever lose the tendency
of looking out at such a vista
and wishing for a different season
to dress the trees up just a bit

We leave the car eventually, and walk
and there are snowdrops and the leaves of something
I hope vaguely might be ramps

the rhododendron blossoms are still tight green buds

they look like grenades
waiting, like me
ready for summer’s bright explosions

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