Can’t you wear something decent, the winter said to the spring?
The last lone leaves that clutch and cling
All sneer from high in brown disdain,
As in the racing rhythmic rain
The flirty flowers, on fumbling feet,
Begin to feel the springtime beat.
They slough their bud-green coats, unfurl.
They nod, they twitch, they twist, they twirl,
Then swing and swish and swoosh and sway
In gaudy giggling dance display.
The earth warms up. The world is theirs.
They haven’t any thoughts or cares
Of winter wind or swirling snow
Or all the time they’ve left to go.
And so the sun bends down to kiss
Each flower, in all its fragile bliss.