Spring Assurance

Can you remember
those coastal Februaries
in apple blossom,
when snow in the city
was a broken promise,
its absence a longing
for the Rockies’ lee side?

Back here
the spring angel
saves her first touch for April–
tender green tips ignited
while impassioned whites and pinks
withhold their parade
for May’s embrace.

Always late
but never forgetting–
her warm breath dissolves
layers of winter’s persistence,
pushing the margin of anticipation
while creating a space to re-discover
where our hearts belong.

~ Richard C. Gorecki

Richard C. Gorecki is a professional geographer, children’s storyteller and writer. His poetry and short stories have appeared in various publications including My Most Memorable Teacher and Poetry in Motion. Richard is a native Albertan currently living in Calgary with his wife and two children.

“The writing process for me typically begins with a memory that ignites – one that calls out to be celebrated, explored and extended into the hearts of others.”

Editor’s note: This poem is from Home and Away – a sequel to the bestselling Writing the Land (2007). Look for one poet to be featured each day as Alberta poets ponder the question “what is home?” and explore our complex relationship with working on, living with, exploiting and protecting our land and our home. For more information about the project, click here.

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