Seretha D. Williams

Opposition and Sister Squares, Chris Gavalier

Spring in evanston


 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

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.