Wednesday 2 January 2013
Day 194: Snowdrops
January, month of new beginnings. And new hope blossoming, just like the snowdrops coming up. Frightening but exhilarating too, 'in the raw wind of the new world.'
Snowdrops - Louise Gluck
Do you know what I was, how I lived? You know
what despair is; then
winter should have meaning for you.
I did not expect to survive,
earth suppressing me. I didn't expect
to waken again, to feel
in damp earth my body
able to respond again, remembering
after so long how to open again
in the cold light
of earliest spring--
afraid, yes, but among you again
crying yes risk joy
in the raw wind of the new world.