my first spring in the Blue Ridge Mountains

the sight of Red Bud, Crepe Myrtle and Tulip trees

caught my breath left me speechless with wonder after

decades of living in the Alpine dessert where the dusty pastels of Apricot and

Apple were the main harbingers of spring

at first I felt like a damned Yankee transplanted in a fantastically new country

where on rainy March days a drive through corridors of

hot pink and magenta signal Springs arrival

their stark grey limbs sprayed with rosy glowing flowers

a striking contrast to the background of the emerald green of the valleys

echo with the drawl of the spoken word

red bud…barely moving lips

as if acknowledging a blessing…red bud

perhaps a prayer…red bud

definitely a declaration of the

rights of spring.

even though I still vote blue,

today I can now speak like the native Virginians

say Red Bud and barely move my lips

while celebrating the changes in the season

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