Oh, yellow bloom atop stout stem
with five petals to turn into
ripe, sweet berries. Oh, green,
green leaf with ruffled edge,
may spring pander to your heart,
and April nourish your beauty
with its cool nights and warm
days and may you forever bring
forth the fresh, fragrant fruit of joy.
Patricia Hope’s award-winning writing has appeared in the Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Guideposts Blessings in Disguise, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Southern Writers, The Writer, Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, Agape Review, Pigeon Parade Quarterly, The Mildred Haun Review, Liquid Imagination, American Diversity Report, and many others. She lives in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.