Oh Man-in-the-tree, Man-in-the-tree, it's time to open your eyes.
To stop sleeping.
Look it's here. All around.
Daffodils. Tulips. Forget-me-nots.
"It's been the coldest spring in 50 years," you say.
"But.. But.. if you just open your eyes the sunshine will come," I reply.
"Huh," you grumble, and turn away.
Easter Bunny. Easter Bunny.
You came! You came!
Little A believes in you. (I wish I could too).
She found your treasure on the lawn, wedged in branches, hidden in garden urns.
Thump your hind legs together.
Make it go away.
The icy down pours, the frost, the north easterly winds.
"There is nothing I can do, be patient," she says.
Oh Dandelion clock, Dandelion clock, you are my final hope.
You have flowered and gone to seed.
Let me help you spread your wings.
"Make a wish," you say.
Short, sharp puffs.
Upside down umbrellas drifting on a shush of a breeze.
Summer come. Summer come. Summer come.
I am still wearing my winter coat and winter jumpers. I am still eating casseroles and pasta. I am still tired and lazy. Little A still sloshes in her wellington boots, walks to nursery in wet drizzle, wears a pair of gloves in-doors.
There are the lighter evenings. That's good. We've had a BBQ. That's good too.
The Mini Milks - vanilla, strawberry, chocolate - have all been demolished.
But I can't help thinking the tide is turning. Cooler, wetter springs and summers. Dry, milder winters. Maybe I should save the bucket and spade and shades for the autumn?
I remember the springs of my youth. Snow men in April. A flurry in June.
Though some thing is different this time. I feel it in my bones.
Do you think the consequences of global warming are now taking effect?
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