LAST WEEKEND, MY DAFFODILS bloomed, bright and brilliant in the first blush of spring.
Today they lie in a pathetic heap, heads bowed, even buried, in a veil of snow.
Nearby, tulip buds droop, leaves splayed, vulnerable to the frigid air and the rough crystals of melting snow in this endless winter.
In my backyard, determined day lilies soldier up through the snow.
A stone’s throw away, wild raspberries defy the weather, arcing branches, buds unfurling into the promise of spring.
Hope. I saw hope today that this longest of all winters may finally exit Minnesota.
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