“Resilience #1” © Bonnie Matthews Brock


Come Spring

Vague uncertainties
              Friday March 13
              the schools closed
              then the parks
              and the libraries

Each day afterwards
              new protocols
              restrictions and orders
              lies and misinformation
              no gatherings
              stay indoors
              businesses and restaurants shuttered.
              Millions out of work.

Then the deaths

              So fast
              so many
              the bodybags were stacked
              in storage
              until they could be buried

Yet come Spring,
              blue periwinkle
              amidst the grasses near the fence
              droopy Snowdrops and fragrant hyacinths
              through cracked earth
              white Dutchman’s breeches
              yellow anthered Bloodroot
              colonies of wild geraniums
              five rounded purplish petals
              and I’m so glad
              glad glad gladiolus.


James Madigan is a father of three daughters, librarian, adjunct professor in the Humanities, and writer. He lives in Oak Park, Illinois.

Bonnie Matthews Brock is a Florida-based photographer, as well as a school psychologist. Her images have been published in Ibbetson Street Press, The Somerville Times, and Oddball Magazine.