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Spring Comes Around

a cold wet compress to her forehead
a brisk rub and warm breath on her pale little hands
a shiver     her eyes blink twice then open
spring comes around slowly

you gave your mom and me
quite a scare there kiddo
here feel my heart
it’s good to have you back

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Bruce Dethlefsen was the Wisconsin Poet Laureate from 2010-2012. A retired educator and public library director living in Westfield, Dethlefsen began his two-year term as Wisconsin Poet Laureate at the beginning of 2011.

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