A tiny flower mocks the frost

A gem glints in a darkened sea

A star brightens shadows of night

A prayer transforms a hopeless plea


A breath of air pursues the smoke

A hint of spring dispels cold’s blight

A loving word consoles sad tears

A wounded bird prepares for flight


A mother bird breaks into song

A drowsy chick lays down to rest

A dove coos lullabies to her babes

And hides them gently in her nest


A mist of droplets thaws the chill

A broken branch unfurls its leaves

A sleeping dale its flowers spill

The somber children laugh and sing


Young light inspires an aged face

With life the vale begins to ring

When Hope blossoms in joyful grace

Cold wind is calmed by sudden spring

By Anna Maria