Late March Rain

Trees in Rain

The rain glides down the still bare branches
of the trees, washing them clean for springtime.
You can smell it in the air now, even though,
on days like these, bathed in clouds, the world
looks as much like November as it does late March.
Until you notice the buds bursting on the tips
of the trees.  Until you spot the tips of tulips
and daffodils poking above the soil.  Until you notice
how this wet, cold air is alive with birdsong.
Then you know.

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