Lenten Blooming; Easter Glory

Up out of the cold, dead winter ground
   appears a Purple crocus
   delicate seemingly, unsure;
   yet blooming despite the cold air
   -- sovereign of the Equinox

Stiff in the Spring breeze
  the sleeping dogwood's buds burst
  White surrounding blood Red fruit
  -- cold Death defied

Like hallelujah trumpets,
  the White lilies sound forth;
  azaleas,
    hydrangeas,
      wild roses,
        pansies,
          crabapples,
             cherries
  all sing out!

©2001, John A. Mills
Published in The Magic of Easter; Poetry Today; Suzy Walton, ed.; ©2001.