Robins skitter across the grass.
Mimicking drops of rain
They lure earthworms for repast.
Tulips—fiery red, mustard yellow, dazzling white—
Stand defiant in a cluster on a hill.
I do not wear a mask.
Headlines claim another world mere miles away
A newly tented gateway
Men and women in hazmat gear
Screen scores of symptomatic mortals
Some sent home to quarantine
Others destined for ventilators in sterile rooms.
Staring out at spring’s vivid greenery
And vibrant mayapples with full buds
I cling to hope.
Hilary S. Kayle is a professional writer and actress living in Hunterdon County.