there is no
going back,
no retreat for the
plump green buds
on the wild rose,
exposed and vulnerable
they must wait
-as we must wait
for what comes next,
I hope, oh I hope
that we too come out
of fear and isolation
transformed, strengthened
by the hard frost,
set free to blossom,
to greet each other
with wide smiles
waving madly,
clothed in petals
and sweet perfume.

-Kim McKellar

Kim McKellar is a Canadian author and visual artist living on the Bruce Peninsula. Her most recent poetry collection, What the Earth Already Knows was written in the early days of the Covid19 pandemic as a way to draw on the solace and wisdom found in the natural world. http://www.kimmckellar.ca