Charles Portolano, editor of The Avocet, has kindly included my poem, “The Lenten Rose” in The Weekly Avocet number 229. The Avocet is completely devoted to poetry about nature.
I wrote “The Lenten Rose” during NaPoWriMo 2016. That April was a colder, wetter one than April in 2017. I love these flowers, which I first met while living in Athens, West Virginia. When walking home from Concord United Methodist Church in early spring I looked for crocuses. One day a light snow had fallen earlier. I walked across our yard, looking for yellow and purple petals. I found none but almost stumbled upon a Lenten Rose, a beautiful surprise. That encounter inspired this poem. Thank you, Charles.