Sonnet XV

Pay homage to the glad return of spring!
Embrace the razzle-dazzle, molten sun!
Enjoy the happy breeze and all the joy
Of hearing fresh, quick-running water sing!

The land displays its most alluring face.
Two scarlet songbirds work their miracle,
And seven hundred jonquils flaunt their all
In sunny, yellow splashes that erase

The tedium of ice and muffled white.
Five slim, young girls are dancing in the light
Of blue-skied noon. I catch my breath. O yes,

You’ve come! Now spring has made the whole scene new.
O little daylight moon, the sun, and you!
My heart feels overwhelming tenderness.

© 2000 Alice Park

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