Spring in evanston
Seretha D. Williams
In Evanston, spring is a season when light is long; Lanceleaf Coreopsis blooms April through June. Butterfly weed hosts the Monarch butterflies, who return to lay eggs upon the plant; the cardinal flower entices hummingbirds to lap nectar from its long tubular neck. April in Evanston beckons the memories of a different city, of an erstwhile life when I was petal-open and visited by bees. The alight and flitter dances of butterflies remind me of a place before love, a time when I was light itself, and aglow with possibility. Spring wafts like a feather brushing my cheek, and, like Monarchs and perennials, it reciprocates-- giving life and solace.
Seretha D. Williams is a professor of English at Augusta University in Georgia. She is completing a manuscript on poet Margaret Walker and rediscovering her personal connections to poetry.