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Despite Late Frost

Into the greening

of early April, and this morning's

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hardness carries silence deep.

No calligraphy of birdsong against blue,

no new sweetness in the air -

only this metallic stillness

where white breath plumes before us

like a warning, and we walk past the blackness

of drooped tomato seedlings, past raspberry canes

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and hardy rhubarb, delicate buds

of fruit trees coated with frost.

But like small ripe fruits

among the garden rock, a second crop

of purple crocus stands intrepid

for all endangered blossoms.