I have listened to the spring
heard its repertoire of arias
echoed by the cardinals

felt its breath as a warm breeze
so gentle to the touch

observed its verdant grasses
mowed in linear patterns
its pungent fragrances
satiating the senses

admired the cherry tree
clothed in its finest gown
as its tiny buds
burst forth in pink profusion

I have seen a cloudburst of color
brilliant rays of yellow hues
the blossoming forsythia
the gilded Eastern Goldfinch

The earth no longer
in peaceful slumber
The Awakening has begun

Sopko grew up in Chambersburg and attended Trenton public schools and the College of New Jersey, where she earned a degree in elementary education and English. She taught elementary school for 32 years and in retirement has found more time to devote to writing.

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