Spring Mary Oliver(April 1990)

And here is the serpent again,

dragging himself out from his nest of darkness,

his cave under the dark rocks,

his winter-death.

He slides over the pine needles.

He loops around the branches of rising grass,

looking for the sun.

Well who doesn’t want the sun after a long winter?

I step aside,

he feels the air with his soft tongue,

around the bones of his body he moves like oil.

downhill he goes

toward the black mirrors of the pond.

Last night it was still so cold

I woke and went out to stand in the yard,

and there was no moon.

So I just stood there inside the jaw of nothing.

An owl cried in the distance,

I thought of Jesus, how he

crouched in the dark for two nights,

and floated back above the horizon.