*A season in 2012

Winter in New Jersey —

violets, roses, snap

dragons, azaleas

bloom.

In halcyon days

daffodils and irises

flourish.

Some call

seventy degrees in February

global warming.

Others believe

prayers

performance of good deeds

may abolish winter

bring eternal spring —

color returns

to white hair

wrinkles

unwrinkle

ninety-year olds

run

marathons

burn

canes for firewood

revel

in the pleasures of the bed.

But I think that Nature

went carousing with Dionysus.

May they

stay

in

eb ri

ated!

Geller, an East Windsor resident, is the author of seven books for children. Her poetry for adults and children has been published in numerous journals.

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