World Poetry Day 2022

2nd day of Spring

No one shouts about 
the 2nd day of Spring.
The 1st day takes all the credit 
for just being, well, the 1st. 

But let’s celebrate being 2nd today – 
the determination to keep going 
when you know there is 
no fanfare waiting for you 
when the cheering
has stopped and it’s up to you 
to congratulate yourself 
for the effort you made 
and no one can say that’s

worth less than what is ahead
or behind you. Each day 
another burst of fragile scent
from the apricot blossom.