Calendar haiku

January needs

pruning for dreams of Summer

to blossom sooner

 

February needs

hothouse humours for flowers

of delicate hue

 

March needs tolerance

as she takes her own sweet time

to prepare for Spring

 

April needs caution

as shrill winds shred the softest

sheen of dusk’s lustre

 

May needs acceptance

of her many moods and her

unexpectedness

 

June needs a blessing

her sodden benedictions

cleansing the soiled earth

 

July needs welcome

however insincere for

an honest effort

 

August needs nothing

but alternative planning

for chance encounters

 

September needs hope

of late-flowering sunbeams

not yet harvested

 

October needs all

our understanding and not

our lamentations

 

November needs sleep

forgetfulness its only

hope of redemption

 

December needs light

to draw out the buried joy

a promise fulfilled

First published in Reach

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