ann arbor michigan - October 31, 2009

slowly spring is creeping-
trees sway in Easter Egg colors instead of dry earth tones,
their knots and rings measuring a lifetime of sturdiness
& reflecting the damage of too many days in the sun

It’s been years since I’ve smiled and felt it.
It’s been days since I’ve heard your voice.
And I am terrified to admit that I’m glad to be far away from home
& not on the front lines this time