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The Rite of Spring
Richard Greene


First it was crocuses
thrusting up
out of the bare ground
like the sound of a woodwind
piercing a silence.
Now forsythia has flared
proclaiming itself with brassy fanfare,
while from bush and tree
leaf buds emerge
but building to a grand crescendo.

© 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 now self-published a book (Explorations -Antrim House Books), and shares a "poem of the week" (get on the mailing list by requesting it at Learn more about Richard at



Post New Comment:
Lori Levy:
Great use of music metaphors.
Posted 03/02/2019 02:35 PM
You are a master of metaphor!
Posted 03/02/2019 10:31 AM
I truly loved this poem of Richard's. He whirled us all into our wished-for Springtime in joy.
Posted 03/02/2019 09:42 AM
Sarah Russell:
I?m so looking forward to that symphony!
Posted 03/02/2019 08:07 AM
michael escoubas:
Love brief but powerful creations! Thank you Richard.
Posted 03/02/2019 07:46 AM

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