Spring so late, so desired,
so faint.
Great fronts collide.
A spate of storms pit
warm and cold
in battlehold.
Hail tatters, batters
down where snow and drifted rain
have sifted through the mud
to make streams rage
and wage their wars
on bridge and asphalt.

Stars march their age old westward shift
above fog’s hazy fingertips,
and in the dripping dankest woods,
leaves linger on the beeches.

Bleached of autumn’s golden hue
to frailest, palest cream,
they gleam–
like southern girls in crinoline,
with skirts of hoop and linen—
they sway with sweet expectancy
among their somber suitors.

Patricia Thrushart

Patricia Thrushart has published two books, Little Girl Against The Wall, and Yin and Yang. Her work appears regularly in The Watershed Journal, a regional literary magazine of Northwestern Pennsylvania, and on the websites Dark Horse Appalachia and North/South Appalachia. Her poems have been published in Tiny Seed, The Brookville Mirror, Clarion University’s Tobeco, The Pittsburgh Post Gazette, and The Pennsylvania Poetry Society’s Magazine PENNESSENCE. She is an active member of the local writers’ community, presenting workshop sessions and participating in live poetry readings.