By Kenneth Pobo

On the first spring morning, 
I’m grouchy.  I told the sun 
to warm me.  In the yard 

I saw five flies 
on the back of the garage, 
a winged coffee klatch.
I wasn’t invited. Yet a white
snowdrop called to me.  
He had recently pushed 
through cold earth to come 
into bloom.  I asked 
was his struggle hard.  
He said yes, but he’d gladly 
do it again.  I’m hoping

I’ll come into bloom even
in nervous weather.   My red
door opens to the street. 
It’s time that I walk there 
and not turn back.

Kenneth Pobo is the author of twenty-one chapbooks and nine full-length collections.  Recent books include Bend of Quiet (Blue Light Press), Loplop in a Red City (Circling Rivers), Dindi Expecting Snow (Duck Lake Books), Uneven Steven (Assure Press), Sore Points (Finishing Line Press), and Lilac and Sawdust (Meadowlark Press). Opening is forthcoming from Rectos Y Versos Editions. Human rights issues, especially as they relate to the LGBTQIA+ community, are also a constant presence in his work.  In addition to poetry, he also writes fiction and essays.  For the past thirty-plus years he taught at Widener University and retired in 2020.