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Beth A. Richardson: Art & Soul Poet

In celebration of National Poetry Month:

Dogwood Winter by Beth A. Richardson

Dogwood Winter


In the spring 

when the warm weather takes a step back 

and the cold returns 


the old ones say 

it's redbud winter 

it's pear tree winter 

it's blackerry winter 


this year 

dogwood winter has been 

cool and lovely and long 


the dogwood blooms began to open 

the coolness stepped forward 

and the blooms stayed and stayed and stayed 


feasts for the eyes 

for the heart 


the dogwoods are dropping their blooms and leafing out 

but in my mind and in my memory I see the beauty 


I will remember 

for a long time 

this dogwood winter.

-Beth A. Richardson

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