Beginnings

March marks early beginnings
Life thrumming up from the Muck
Up thru Toes
Thrust beneath leaf mold
Held cold against humus
Spongy and wet.

Maples surging,
Coursing
Freezing nights
Above days

Skunk cabbages
Humming
Islands of warmth
Rising

Hawks
Restless
Stirring
In hollow bones

Tiny glass eels
Floating in the Gulf Stream
Prepare for departure.