Poetry: April Hares by Gerry Stewart

April Hares

Flashes of ears and backs 
twist above the shorn hay stalks.
They dance off the winter dust,
limbs loosened in their sun-frenzy. 

Not our garden friend,
dozing with fat content.
As soon as spring cracks free
he claims his scrape
beneath my morning gaze.

He chews my apple tree bark
beneath a snow-speckled coat,
indifferent to the cold slaps of takatalvi*
that haunt us well into May. 

I throw myself into the season.
Soap suds and vinegar 
strip back months of grime,
clearing space for me
amidst the clutter.
I stock up on elbow grease, 
beat the stale carpets until I ache.

Open finger-printed windows,
let it stream in, biting crisp.

Impatient daffodils wake 
gnarled with frost,
hoar-shattered stems at my fingertips.
With the lean, wild-eyed shock
of the beguiled hares,
I’m itching to dig.

*Finnish for the return of winter weather during springtime

Bio: Gerry Stewart is a poet, creative writing tutor and editor based in Finland. Her poetry collection Post-Holiday Blues was published by Flambard Press, UK. Totems is to be published by Hedgehog Poetry Press in 2022. Her writing blog can be found at http://thistlewren.blogspot.fi/ and @grimalkingerry on Twitter.

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