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.

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