Final Throes of Winter – Gabby Gilliam

The Spring equinox
has come and gone

green shafts
of iris and tulip

have stabbed through
layers of earth. Yellow heads

of daffodils and purple
flashes of crocus

have opened to the sun.
Yet here it is the first day

of April and the wind
chill is twenty three.

We’ve had scattered
flurries, and I wonder

what this flash frost
will mean for the bees.

Gabby Gilliam lives in the DC metro area. Her poetry has most recently appeared in Tofu Ink, The Ekphrastic Review, Cauldron Anthology, Instant Noodles, MacQueen’s Quinterly, and Equinox. You can find her online at or on Facebook at

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