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Marilyn Zelke Windau


There are those days when a pile of brown leaves,
paged together say, “It’s still winter.”

They stay until I can’t stand it any longer.

I bring my weapons, a rake and my offered hands.

I can’t wait for the wind to send them on.
I must join in the beginning
of this new season of youth, of growth.
I’m too old to stay indoors now.
Seedlings are hatching in my basement,
under “grow” lights.
They are tiny little green things,
sprouts, children of earth,
restorers of hope.
The sun is my compatriot.
She moves towards me now
in agreement.
We will work together, united
in a common cause:
life’s renewal.
We will cultivate life.

© by Marilyn Zelke Windau.
Used with the author’s permission.



Marilyn Zelke Windau, of Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, started writing poems at age thirteen. A former art teacher, she has had five books of poetry published: Adventures in Paradise, Momentary Ordinary, Owning Shadows, Hiccups Haunt Wilson Avenue, and Beneath The Southern Crux. A Pushcart Prize nominee, her award-winning work can be found in many journals and anthologies. Marilyn includes her maiden name to honor her father, who was also a writer. When she's not writing, Marilyn works at restoring her 1891 house and creates mosaics, paintings, and books made with tea papers. A Master Gardener volunteer and an art center docent, she is married to a retired environmental engineer, has three daughters, and three grandchildren.


Post New Comment:
The sun is my compatriot. Wonferful line and thought.
Posted 03/06/2020 01:55 AM
Thanks, Marilyn. Those "tiny green things" carry us forward. We will cultivate life." Amen.
Posted 03/05/2020 03:02 PM
Janet Leahy:
What a joyful poem of things that await us. It will be wonderful to be in the garden again. Thanks Marilyn.
Posted 03/05/2020 08:35 AM
Great poem! I just planted a few seeds myself--but no grow light!
Posted 03/05/2020 05:34 AM

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