There is a sense of time
stretching from here
to other worlds whose names
are not in my vocabulary.
I am certain of here
because this is where I am.
I pushed away the snow
no longer pristine as first it came.
I took off my coat;
too heavy now with the approaching spring.
Too bad, I think, that the season of snow
is now so short.
Once it embraced the whole of me
that looked upon its arrival as enticing
as whipped cream on a piece of pie.
Its anticipation included holidays
that swallowed wicked witches,
soon followed by grateful hearts
seated about the table
swollen with the summer’s harvest.
I put away the significant things,
sorting them for another year;
carefully storing memories
to be added to a life
already crowded with them.
I will remember this holy season
because of my fill of joy,
of heart shedding happiness.
In this world are the ways
we measure lives in holidays,
in holy days, in births and deaths,
only because of our sense of time.