by Philip C. Kolin
The earth hidden in darkness aspires now toward the glories of renewal. Not with drumrolls or clanging clouds but in the unseen silence of taproots gathering sweetness underground. This starts the season of soft color, azaleas cladding themselves in lithe purple announcing the good news about the lengthening and warming of a gentle sun. The brown monotone that warped hope gives way to the lush quiet of green shoots sprawling across every place not censured by dull cement. The world that wailed in pelting chill these last bleak months hallowed by the florescence of spring.
Philip C. Kolin is the Distinguished Professor of English Emeritus and Editor Emeritus of the Southern Quarterly. He has published over 40 books (on Shakespeare, modern dramatists) and including 15 collections of poetry, most recently Reaching Forever (in the Poiema Series of Wipf and Stock), Delta Tears: Poems (Main Street Mag), and Wholly God: Poems about Holiness (Wind and Water Press). His poetry has appeared in many Christian journals and has four times been selected as the featured poet for journals. He founded and edited the journal Vineyards: A Journal of Christian Poetry.