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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 lives in suburban Chicago. Many of her poems are inspired from the view outside her window, or from her walks along various trails. The author of Simple Awakenings, a chapbook that spans the seasons of the year, she is a life-long learner who enjoys digital photography, small discussion groups, garden walks, trying out new recipes, collecting quotes, and creating greeting cards for family and friends. Camille's poetry has appeared in a wide variety of publications as well as on gift items and greeting cards.





Post New Comment:
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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