Tim Gavin

Rookie (March 18,1963 / Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Idiot Spring


I

daffodils tinged brown arched over
hunch backed broken

everything
is so ahead of itself

sparrows freeze
as they shatter through

mid march expels them

II

april snow surprises us
and clamps us

to a week
end with no fire wood or wine

we will attempt to save what
we thought we had but

we will see our marriage
tinged brown our kids estranged


III

we could cut stems plant bulbs
wait through thaw of idiot spring

opening
our yellow heads

dropping
our green hearts

Submitted: Tuesday, June 21, 2005

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Comments about this poem (Idiot Spring by Tim Gavin )

  • Rookie Lori Boulard (7/24/2006 8:53:00 PM)

    Damn, I really admire people who capture such complete thoughts in so few words. 'Everything so ahead of itself' is pure heaven. Excellent. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Raynette Eitel (6/21/2005 8:20:00 PM)

    This poem really captures what I felt about spring in the Rockies...living in Colorado. I like the title...and the images...and bringing a 'tinged brown' marriage into it makes it ubiquitous. Good job.

    Raynette (Report) Reply

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