18 February – The first crocus

The first crocus is shy,
keeping her colours closed
and hiding behind the skirts
of a wintered brown fuchsia,
as if to say,
“Nothing to see here;
move on;
look elsewhere”.
She takes after Spring of course,
all reticence and blush,
tip-toing in,
not quite sure yet
of her place in the room…
But the secret’s not safe with me –
I point her out to everyone.
And it’s cover blown,
debutante exposed;
time to be celebrated –
ready or not.