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Untamed Spring
Arvilla Fee


When winter finally limps away
licking its last snow-covered leg,
when daffodils wave frenzied heads
beneath a kinder sun,
when hyacinths perfume the air
like a breezy French hotel,
when fifty shades of green
burst forth from every tree,
when the grass is still uncut
and grows in ruffled clumps,
when dandelions roam free
and clover runs amuck,
when bees splurge on pollen,
legs fat with yellow dust,
when birds sing their hearts out
and gorge on fresh new worms,
when a million colors explode
like a giddy child has finger painted
the entire canvased earth.

© by Arvilla Fee.
Used here with the authorís permission.

Arvilla Fee teaches English Composition for Clark State College and is the managing editor for the San Antonio Review. She has published two books of poetry, The Human Side and This is Life, and her poetry, photography, and short stories have appeared in numerous venues. Despite keeping up with teenagers, a toddler, and a puppy, Arvilla reads and writes nearly every day. (Her key to survival: always carry a snack and a full water bottle--just in case there's an apocalypse or a traffic jam!) Arvilla believes writing produces the greatest joy when it connects us to each other. Learn more about her on Instagram: or X:


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Lori Levy:
Beautiful language.
Posted 03/23/2024 02:10 AM
Vividly descriptive, delightul
Posted 03/22/2024 10:02 PM
Let others praise the warm and vibrant spring celebrated in this poem. I am in love with its first two lines: "When winter finally limps away licking its last snow-covered leg". Delightful!
Posted 03/22/2024 10:01 AM
Although the first two lines are my favorite, we have snow today. Lovely poem.
Posted 03/22/2024 09:33 AM
Peace with a radiant birth. Can we ask for more?
Posted 03/22/2024 08:35 AM
Larry Schug:
We're in for a snowy week-end and how I yearn for the scene Ms. Fee paints with her words. The last three lines are wonderful.
Posted 03/22/2024 08:12 AM
Wonderful use of image and language. Today (Friday) happens to be cool and gray. You gave me some color and warmth. Thanks
Posted 03/22/2024 08:02 AM

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