This Time in the Spring-time – April in northern New Mexico (poem)


This Time in the Spring Time – April in northern New Mexico

In defiance of the frosts
that followed the first warming
many of the trees
have little fruits on them
Cherries, nectarines, peaches, apples

The hops are vining
The evening primroses are out all over
as are the flax

All the trees Kathy planted
last Fall or this Spring
have flowered or are leafing out
Box-elders, chokecherries, American elms, crabapples …

The male broad-tail hummingbird’s
whistling flight
alerts us to his approach
and departure
from the feeder

A big bull snake is around
The Canada geese are nesting
Say’s phoebes call plaintively
The turkey vultures came back awhile ago

The caddis hatch has happened
unless it starts up again
and big shed stonefly nymph cases
are floating along in the current

And there was one day
a few days ago
when the brown trout were in remission
from their almost perpetual case of lockjaw
Only the little ones were actually rising
but the bigger ones
were looking up also
I tied-on my favorite all-around dry fly
and caught one fish after another
as I waded upstream along the shore
There was a fish in each little riffle
and I caught each one
or so it seemed

It seems, too, that I’m catching Spring
catching glorious life
as it burgeons
all around
Around here the world is waking up
I’m wiping the sleep from my eyes
and seeing, astonished,
all that it offers

April 28, 2012

Chokecherry

Primrose

Verbena

New cherries

About believesteve

I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
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