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A Blizzard of Fallen Blossoms
Larry Schug


blows from the orchard,
litters the ground with pink petals,
makes way for sweet fruit
to form on apple branches,
though there is no guarantee
new apples will flourish
through a summer ripe with threató
insects, drought, pecking birds, hail stones.
It has to be this way
for sweetness to have meaning.

© by Larry Schug.
Used with the authorís permission.

 Larry Schug, after a work life of various kinds of manual labor and learning, is retired—a career he says he was born for. Author of eight collections of poetry (the most recent is A Blanket of Raven Feathers, from North Star Press), Larry is a volunteer writing tutor at the Writing Center at the College of St. Benedict and a volunteer naturalist at Outdoor U. at St. John's University.  He lives with his wife, dog, and three cats near a large tamarack bog in St. Wendel Township, Minnesota.



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Well done.
Posted 07/04/2018 08:29 AM
So true. Love the last lines.
Posted 05/07/2018 03:34 PM
Fine pictures in this poem. Count me among the folks still looking at snow (So is Larry if he's at wehome in Minnesota!) We Northerners always face the danger of a freeze after fruit trees start to bud, thus losing the year's crop.
Posted 04/23/2018 12:54 PM
A direct hit to the heart. Thank you, Larry.
Posted 04/23/2018 11:07 AM
Glen Sorestad:
Ah, so true, Larry! You've captured it perfectly.
Posted 04/23/2018 11:00 AM
Puppet Lady:
Simple and beautiful! Thank you for this lovely word picture.
Posted 04/23/2018 10:52 AM
The last sentence says it all. I like this, Larry.
Posted 04/23/2018 09:33 AM
michael escoubas:
Well done, Larry!
Posted 04/23/2018 08:14 AM

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