Ersatz Spring

spring has begun

its yearly game

of hide and seek

bits of green emerge

the sun tries to shine

temperatures inch upward

days lengthen

children at recess shed their coats

drivers open car windows

people walk more briskly,

no longer afraid of slipping on unseen ice

the freedom of the game continues

until the weatherman announces

another storm is on the way

too soon to yell,

“Ollie Ollie oxen free!”

spring-flowers-covered-in-snow                                                                                                                Photo: public domain

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