spring recoils:

half an inch of dappled grass

winds itself up again

and tightens to defend itself

against spilling rain.

--

this is my city:

cracks in concrete

potholes growing out of spite

nails in tires

touch football

holds barred rarely.

--

rockford:

you who know me best

know there isn't quite

anything like

springtime in

the cold midwest.