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276th Weekly Poetry Contest winner: Skunk Cabbage: The First Flowers of Spring

by Miles T. Ranter

Before the thawing of the snow,
before the rills and freshets flow,
I’ll generate an urgent heat,
draw a breath of swamp mist, greet
late winter’s quietude, and grow.
My spathe will reek like a long-dead doe,
enticing bees and flesh-flies. Oh,
I’ll warm their wings and frozen feet   
before the thaw!
While they, with buoyant blitheness, strow
my pollen, roots will spread below
the mud, brown leaves, and rimy sheet,
clinging like fingers in concrete.
No petals? Still, I’ll steal the show   
before the thaw!
(Originally appeared in Victorian Violet Press,
later in The Society of Classical Poets.)

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