pregnant soile

spring soil, like the mother,

is pregnant. her belly swells

with the seeds that were left

by fall when the leaves

turned gold, orange, red amber leaf

attracted to dark nuptial soil.

together they slipt

under the snow and slept

for a whole season

and when the winter blanket was

lifted autumn climbed back

to work in the trees and

spring was left pregnant in the soil

to laugh at her labor of growing

the full blossomed flowers

of gold, orange, red amber rose—

the children of autumn and spring.