5x5 inches, acrylic on canvas
I enjoyed painting the rhododendron buds so much I decided to try painting flowers from my own garden. My yard has many mature trees, so most of the year there isn't much sun. But in early spring I have lots of bulbs and spring ephemerals. The bloodroot is blooming, and the Virginia bluebells. But my favorite is all the daffodils, enough to cut freely.
Here's a different poem, from the 2009 Wisconsin Poets Calendar. I haven't seen any salamanders yet, but I've heard the spring peepers.
by Joan Wiese Johannes
A current tickles my toes
as lightly as the twinkle of a star.
Rain has awakened salamanders.
They are crawling toward me,
climbing through rich earth.