Kansas Spring by Frank Higgins

at the tank’s blast

the meadow bursts

with white butterflies


after the long rain

the telephone pole

begins to bud


the root cellar:

with the light from a knothole

bulbs break from boxes


hearing the wren,

the old woman sews its song

into her quilt


the tornado starts

with the moths swirling at noon

around the streetlight


nuclear plant site:

rain brings the bulldozers

to a halt


through the Flint Hills:

the wind has stopped

but the trees still lean


morning mist fading—

one row at a time

the plowed earth shines

~ Frank Higgins
(some of the above appeared in the Kansas City Star)

Frank Higgins is both a playwright and poet. His play Black Pearl Sings has been one of the most produced in the country over the last few years. His books of poetry include Starting From Ellis Island, Bkmk Press. He teaches playwriting at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Guest editor: Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg is the 2009-13 Kansas Poet Laureate, author or editor of 19 books, and founder of this site.

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