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IN SPRING

 

Itís not supposed to feel like this in springtime

ĎDozers lined up waiting for the thaw

Since they built that highway, the creekís been drying up

Diverted to a trickle, flowing through a pipe

The falls are dry, canít even cry

Itís not supposed to feel like this in spring.

 

In spring, when life says yes again and again

When green things, growing, tumbling, shout to be heard

I walk construction sites, donít hear a word

Itís not supposed to sound like this in spring.

 

The company invents a brand new lettuce

Lettuce sporting brand new DNA

Looking like the kind we all remember

Arriving at the store so crisp & firm

I take a bite, I taste the worm

Itís not supposed to taste like this in spring.

 

In spring, when life says yes again and again

When green things, growing, tumbling, smell of the earth

I walk the research plots of sterile dirt

Itís not supposed to smell like this in spring.

 

In springs of old we waited for the moisture

Snow drifts shrinking, melting in the sun

Musty basements flooding in the spring thaw

Ice on puddles breaking underfoot

This year we had no snow, and springís too soonó

Itís not supposed to look like this in spring.

 

In spring, when life says yes again and again

When young things growing, tumbling, shout to be heard

I walk the city streets for just one word

Itís not supposed to feel like this in spring.

 

This spring our countryís on the road to glory

Weíve bombed the rubble in a distant land

And now, it seems, we hear the same old story

Another country needs our iron hand.

Outside my window, a robin sings

I canít get used to so much death in spring.

 

In spring, when life says yes again and again

When children, growing, tumbling, shout to be heard

I walk the battlefields, wait for one word

One word to tell me this is really spring.

 

c 2002 Rachel Nelson

08/28/2012                         Copyright  BardLive Music     2012