Daffodils whistle their yellow tunes
in small ensembles
along the edges of the greening grass
as tulips sing backup at stalks’ ends,

voices muted by their leaves:
not yet ready for their solos.
Two paces into the hazel wood’s jumble
of vine maples and cedar saplings …

Poem, in its entirety, is available in the printed version of the current issue.


Tom Wayman received British Columbia’s 2022 George Woodcock Award for Lifetime Achievement in the literary arts. His latest book is Watching a Man Break a Dog’s Back: Poems for a Dark Time (Harbour, 2020); a new collection of poems, How Can You Live Here?, is forthcoming in 2024. He lives in the Slocan Valley amid southeastern British Columbia’s Selkirk Mountains.

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