Pheromones Shamelessly they quiver in Spring breeze like pink tongues of panting dogs, lust for sun, breathe out those invisible vapors to seduce their pollinating lovers: no conscience, those flowers, or is there? Animals flehm, a grimace on their faces, curl their upper lip like a smile, bare their teeth, not for aggression, but for the scent of love. It seems, we, humans, send those signals without knowing. The other spring There it is again, that flicker of fear when branches burdened with abundant bloom wrap you in their unbearable scent, showing off shameless fertility. There, among dandelions, the broken shell of a hatched sparrow egg, the finest pastel blue you’ve ever seen. Spring does not fit any longer, Inside, seeds of loss sprout. You feel inadequately barren. May Melancholy Why is the heart squeezed and tight in the heavy scented night, where love fulfilled among the ephemera bloom already wears a gloom of tomorrow’s wither, the longing to hold the spring, on an unconditional string, of eternal human illusion, of entitlement and right to feel carefree and light, casting a shadow ahead of wasted reflection and anticipated retrospection, on few years yearning left to enjoy and savour May’s derisory flavour
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Marion de Vos-Hoekstra was born in the Netherlands and is married to a career diplomat. They both served in North Yemen, Tanzania, United Kingdom, Mali, Spain, South Africa and The United States and now in the Netherlands. She trained as a teacher of French and as translator French, English and Dutch. She is also fluent in Spanish and German, plays the piano and the guitar, is amateur ornithologist and makes drawings, aquarelles and oil paintings Nature, human nature and her nomad life are her main inspiration. She attended several poetry workshops in English among which a Masterclass in New York at Poetshouse and a course at the prestigious 92Y Institute. She is the author of five poetry collections (in English and Dutch), 4 with Demer Press, and is published in several group anthologies and magazines (25) all over the world. (South Africa, Australia, UK and US).