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Unseasonable Thoughts

Poet J. Barrie Shepherd writes about his longing for Spring during these long winter months.

two white buds sprouting from snow.

Photo: Gemma Grace

Poet J. Barrie Sheperd writes about his eagerness for Spring and the blooming of his garden flowers.

The following poem by J. Barrie Shepherd’s poem will resonate with all of you flower lovers. As a poet and a seasoned gardner, he writes about his unseasonable thoughts in winter of eagerly awaiting gardening season. Enjoy:


Close to an hour more of light
Since December’s solstice stood
The calendar on edge, balancing
My dwindling days between the here
And the hereafter.
This late January thaw
Has turned thoughts to Spring again,
Those Holland-ordered bulbs I bedded
Late into November already showing
Green above the grey and crusted soil.
You’d think, with seventy winters now
Beneath my crust, that I’d know better,
Learn to stay hunkered warm against those drifts
That still must slump against the garage door.
Yet an old, insistent summoning,
Wiser than winter’s experts,
Sends me back to seed catalogs,
Makes me check trowel, fork and leaf mold,
Bends my head to bloom and blossom yet unseen
But lending never-ending fragrance
To every lifeless, frigid scene.

Moya Andrews

, originally from Queensland, Australia, served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculties at Indiana University until 2004. In the same year, Moya began hosting Focus on Flowers for WFIU. In addition, Moya does interviews for Profiles, is a member of the Bloomington Hospital Board, and authored Perennials Short and Tall from Indiana University Press.

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  • Barrie Real Estate

    This is so inspiring. I wish that I can have a creative mind like yours. By the way the picture really makes a great interpretation with your poem.

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