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What the March Wind Saw
Richard Greene


blossoms and clouds blowing white
against a blue-washed sky

aureoles of daffodils
above the winter stubble

forsythia miming sunlight
beneath the leafless trees

budded boughs cascading
from early greening willows

birds, birds, undeterred
by all the bluster and chill

© by Richard Greene.
Used with the author’s permission

Richard Greene began writing poetry in the 8th grade, inspired by the opening lines of Longfellow's "Evangeline"—"This is the forest primeval. The murmuring pines and the hemlocks / Bearded in moss and in garments green, indistinct in the twilight"—which he was required to read in class. In college, after a classmate deemed Richard's rhyming poem “trite," he stopped writing until, a couple of years later, a class with Henry Rago, subsequently editor of Poetry magazine, inspired him to resume his efforts. But poetry fell by the wayside for almost forty years as a busy career in international development consumed his life. As retirement approached, however, Richard's dedication to poetry returned; he has since published three chapbooks: The Broken Guitar: Poems of War; Becoming Old: Poems of Aging; Painting with Words: Landscapes in Verse; and one full -length collection, To Talk of Many Things: Selected Poems. Richard, who lives in Nyack, New York, shares a "poem of the week" with anyone interested; get on his mailing list by requesting it at



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A symphony...lovely poem.
Posted 04/03/2016 06:21 PM
Beautiful poem to wake up to, as I look out at piles of snow...but soon!
Posted 03/24/2016 07:43 AM
Beautiful & beautifully wrought!
Posted 03/24/2016 06:53 AM

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