TIME OF RENEWAL Spring is coming days are growing lighter brighter shadows are shorter in the middle of the day and the warm sun whispers promises of renewal You are leaving us just as we begin to hope again just as the earth reawakens from a long cold sleep We will miss you Miss the light and warmth you bring to these drab walls and dim hallways For you shine your light upon all you touch like the rays of springtime sun We honour you today for the lives you brighten with the gifts you share It is a time of renewal Time for you to go - refresh your spirit with new experiences refill your soul with wondrous sights replenish your body with the nourishment you take in on your journey Then just as winter approaches and the days begin to grow short and dark again just as the earth retreats into blinding whiteness harsh and stark and cruel just as doubt begins to set in You will return to us renewed and rejuvenated full of rich experience and cleansed from a season or two away You will return again to shine your light upon us to bless us with your warmth and sunny presence You will bring springtime again As winter approaches VERNAL REBIRTH From the gentle calm emerge primary shoots of life verdant promises springing forth under the urging gaze of the sun bursting upwards glory-bound now free undeterred steady promise rising unquestioned unfettered and bountiful Earth erupting with God’s eternal vernal promise: born again yes born again SPRINGTONE I thought I heard my cellphone tweet, the sweetest ringtone ever heard. I turned to find my phone and found that tweet came from a real bird! SPRING HAIKU TRILOGY Still sleepy snowdrifts Shimmering silent, softly Sneaking up on spring White sparkle-blanket Winter’s bejewelled boudoir Waiting ... awaken! Happy rebirth-day! Vernal candles peek through snow Nature’s birthday cake
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Lori D. Roadhouse is a Calgary poet, writer, aphorist and singer. She has been a member and supporter of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta, the Alexandra Writers’ Centre Society, the Red Mile Revenge poets, Passion Pitch Poetry and the Magpie Haiku Poets. She co-created the 2003 Writing Toward the Light Poetry Contest/Poetry Concert.Since 2007, Lori has been a Board member of the Single Onions Poetry Series. From 2008 – 2010 she was co-artistic director, performer and MC of Lotus Land at South Country Fair.She was the 2009 Poet in Residence for Radiant Lights eMagazine. She is a featured reader at a number of poetry and spoken word events and radio programs. She has been published in a variety of anthologies, magazines, newsletters, websites and CDs. Her recent publications include: Tap Press Read by the Calgary Public Library and Loft 112; POP YYC, the project of Calgary’s recent Poet Laureate, Sheri-D Wilson; The Time of the Poet Republic, curated by Darcie Friesen Hossack and envisioned by Mbizo Chirasha; and the upcoming (M)othering Anthology, to be published by Inanna Publications in 2021.