Crisp January cleansed. The old year’s dead
and shriven as Spring lambs we can’t evade
the dreary days, the month that lies ahead.
Like purgatory, the crossing must be made.
Though leaden skies are clamped down and secure,
the sun may shine but doesn’t warm a thing.
The shortest month, yet longest to endure,
March bides her time to have her gusty fling.
Bleak February’s world is monochrome,
with all her colours drained and stored for Spring.
It seems this month has set her heart of stone
to sharpen up the rain for added sting.
A cruel time, when all is said and done
and yet…the snowdrops do not fear to come.
© Marion Sharville