Monday, March 13, 2017


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“Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature’s
inexorable imperative.”--H.G. Wells.

into the Yukon,
the northern-most 

in every
burrow & cave,

crag & evergreen

is stabbing
into the icy
heart of winter--

and all
the spawn
of gestation

to blossom
and be


Glenn Buttkus

Posted over at dVerse Poets Pub


Frank Hubeny said...

I liked the idea of stabbing winter's icy heart or warming it enough so that it melts. said...

Stab away ---- into that icy winter! We are ready for spring --- but alas, a blizzard is coming our way tomorrow --- winter's AHA!

tonispencer said...

I love this poem Glenn. It says so much..the stabbing of winter's heart, the want to be...wonderful quadrille.

brudberg said...

This is the right time for the spring to bloom... a lovely poem, with of course the stabbing is so powerful

Xenia said...

Winter is slow to leave below the crags here and I love the powerful image 'Spring
is stabbing into the icy heart of winter' evokes :o)

De said...

Glenn, this well-crafted line is perfection:
is stabbing
into the icy
heart of winter--"

Marina Sofia said...

Unusual and very striking imagery of spring stabbing into the icy heart of winter... like it a lot!

indybev said...

I agree with all of the above. This is a masterfully-worded salute to Spring, Glenn. Thank you!

Thotpurge said...

Makes me want to be the last of the ice... it's a boiling 35c here!

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Gorgeous!!❤️I adore this; "Spring is stabbing into the icy heart of winter."❤️

paul mortimer said...

Great poem Glenn and also love the 'spring stabbing' line. Very powerful image.

Grace said...

I can't wait for spring to stab that ciy heart of winter Glenn ~ Can't wait for the blooming to finally arrive ~

lynn__ said...

Only you, Glenn, could picture spring stabbing into the icy heart of winter...excellent!

Jane Dougherty said...

And April is the cruelest month...

Kim Russell said...

Inexorable is an underused word, one I'd like to read more often. Your Quadrille is very apt considering the comments I've read this evening - most people seem to have snow! So yes, keep stabbing that icy heart of winter, Spring!

Wolfsrosebud said...

I like how this got us closer and closer to the main event. Nice job.

Victoria Ceretto-Slotto said...

Such perfect descriptions and the crescendo of the poem so well expresses the nature of spring.

Truedessa said...

I wish spring would come and chase this blizzard that will roll in tomorrow. I always enjoy reading your words ;)

Anonymous said...

Like many I found the stabbing of winter by spring to be a wondrous image...the whole piece relly flowed beautifully for me...spectacular sir.

Cedar Wind said...

'Spring is stabbing into the icy heart of winter' is a powerful line. I like the way the poem zooms into the Yukon.

Kate Mia said...

as the
is more
and less
by ignoRance
and little men
who wear golden
hAirs with Nature Deficit
Disorder all too fair.. i muSt
DancE and SinG.. the challenge
noW is to adapt
in Golden
Towers and
FloWer more
Than piLLs of soUr..;)

R.K. Garon said...