Federici green leaf

Federico Federici, from hard-pressed northern Italy, offers us these hopeful words:

Grass flower seeds

will sprout in late spring

from under an inch of ice

when this birch, now fallen

silent, answers bud to bud

and leaf to leaf.

from “An Observation About Winter in Narbona,” forthcoming this summer in Deep Wild: Writing from the Backcountry. If you love wild places and good words, please consider subscribing at deepwildjournal.com. Thanks, and stay safe.

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