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Winter, who can believe?

Winter, who can believe you

now the acacia has started

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to bloom, whole trees bursting

with yellow flame, cascades

of it on roadside slopes

bespeaking promise and vigor -

and look, too, the quince

is out, the flowering cherries,

and the big flowered magnolia

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is opening its huge white petals.

No, winter, you may chill us

awhile, but you're done for now.

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