Not Quite Spring Here in Winnipeg!


Not quite Spring here in Winnipeg!
Plus temperatures,
wet pavements
are a tease.
Tires still spit specks
clouding windshields,
camouflaging speeding cars
on dirty gray city streets.
I long for
– slivers of light green
transforming bland lawns;
– yellow dandelions
pushing through muck;
– swelling buds
on wan skeletal trees;
– blue/mauve lilacs
scenting dusty air;
-warming sun
thawing my bones;
– cumulus clouds
cushioning bitter musings;
– a blue vault of heaven
lightening my heart.

Frank Obrigewitsch, SJ, is pastor of St. Ignatius parish in Winnipeg.

  • Deborah Morrison
    Posted at 05:58h, 20 March Reply

    March muddles many, and yet we live in hope. Happy Easter, my friend.

  • Richard Grover
    Posted at 09:44h, 20 March Reply

    17 C forecast for today….but this is Winterpeg and it is March….so don’t put your snow shovels away , Frank. The really good news is that there is only 14 more days till Easter! Richard

  • Peter Bisson
    Posted at 10:31h, 20 March Reply

    Thank you very much Frank!

  • Sidney Shapira
    Posted at 02:04h, 21 March Reply

    This is a song for the coming of Spring,
    We’re tired of Winter, so let’s all sing.
    After a Winter of snow and ice,
    The first signs of Spring are really nice!

    Sidney Shapira ’76
    I wrote this and a few more verses in 1981 when I was teaching my first class of grade 1/2 students.

    • Frank Obrigewitsch
      Posted at 11:03h, 21 March Reply

      Let’s hope our singing
      Prods the bringing on
      Of spring!
      Thanks Sidney.

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