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April 15th
Camille A. Balla


I dust off a lawn chair, step out

into air that's fresh.  I stretch my legs,

relax, my denim capris drawing warmth

from  3 o'clock sun.  I wiggle my toes,

count 20 minutes of sunshine 


When in past years I scrambled

to  get numbers together—in time

to give to Caesar what is Caesar's,

but days ago I balanced the scales.


Today I breathe in springtime,

delight in red-petaled tulips,

a purple hyacinth,

the excited chattering of birds. 


A lively breeze stirs grass,

leaves; awakens blossoms

on flowering crab trees,

bringing whiffs in the offing.

Swirling, it brushes my face,

tousles my hair—ah,


 I take five minutes more—   

to give God what is God's.  


This poem first appeared in St. Anthony's Messenger (April, 2012).
Used here with the author’s permission.


Camille A. Balla is an award-winning poet whose work has been published in regional and national publications as well as on websites and in greeting cards and gift items. Camille lives in west suburban Chicago, where many of her poems are inspired from the view outside her window or from walking along local trails. A life-long student of "life", she attends and participates in various personal development programs, some of which spills into her poetry. In 2010, she completed her first chapbook, Simple Awakenings, and she is working on her next collection. Camille enjoys art fairs, garden walks, taking photos, dancing, occasional travel, and sharing her poems at open mics.


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Beautiful Camille :)
Posted 04/17/2013 04:46 AM
I love this poem! I enjoyed reading it a second time.
Posted 04/15/2013 07:57 PM
Wilda Morris:
Good job, Camille. I hope the sun comes out this April 15 so you can repeat the experience!
Posted 04/15/2013 08:44 AM
Love the poem, Cami!!!!
Posted 04/15/2013 06:59 AM
Great ending!
Posted 04/15/2013 04:50 AM

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