1 January – First shoots

Look closely among the dross and debris of the year that’s gone
to find the first precocious shoots of this year stirring strong.
These are just beginnings, premonitions of blooms ahead,
growing in the midst of what’s been left behind for dead.
But out of all that lies discarded here on the woodland floor,
a forest of flowers will soon burst through and shine as they did before.
This is a new start, dear heart, you deserve another chance
to drink in colour and scent – to live your one wild dance.

1 January - First shoots