I yearn for a scrap of good news
Like the city longs for tulips
To finally raise their magnificent faces to the sun,
Shining and twirling like beauty queens
With blinding, conceited smiles.
They know how much we need them.
They can see the detritus cluttering
Our city sidewalks and our lives.
They know March teases us
With its cruel, whipping winds
While we eagerly wait for tulips to bloom.
We check and recheck the mailbox.
Just bills and credit card come-ons
Perch there with garish, sneering smirks
Knowing the “yes” we’re hoping for
Didn’t arrive. Not today, maybe never.
I will myself not to succumb to despair
And channel the optimist I used to be,
Imaging tiny green shoots that
Any-day-now will burst through cold, hard soil
Past winter’s icy memories
Past our hopelessness and careless mistakes
Past broken promises and pink slips
To deliver long-awaited petals.
Laurie Kaiser is assistant director of public relations for Buffalo State’s College where she recently completed a master’s degree in English literature and public relations. Her articles, essays, and poetry have been published in several publications including The Christian Science Monitor, The Chicago Tribune, Elm Leaves Journal, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, San Antonio Express-News, musingmama.com, San Antonio Magazine, and Northwestern Magazine.