For spring to begin
mma boy held his breath
and then the breath
mmexploded, the boy’s cheeks

sank—this, this
mmwas the last of winter.
A girl tried to find
mmelusive pockets

in her coat one year
mmtoo large,
a wallflower stepped forward
mmforced to skip rope:

not not-spring
mmand yet not spring.
Then it was so much sun
mmso like breathing in long

finding pockets
mmand getting peppers down
so like April
mmlike spring.


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