Miracles Take Time

by Paul Blaney

In order to provoke wonder
A miracle must both be novel
And manifest itself at the appropriate rate,
Neither so quick as to escape notice
Nor too slowly lest the
Might-have-been crowd
Wander off
(Wedding guests tread sober home to bed).

So the miracle of spring is overlooked
Being both annual and a long time in the making,
That time the stretch of winter’s spangled cloth which,
Withdrawn in slow motion without drum-roll
To reveal lambs and furry buds
And snowmelt streams,
Is met with more relief than applause.

  1. #1 by Cath Barton on February 8, 2011 - 8:11 am

    That was a sweet start to my day.

  2. #2 by S de Assaf on February 8, 2011 - 8:16 am

    Beautiful handling of words, lovely evocation of the mystery and miracle of Spring.

  3. #3 by Jennifer walmsley on February 8, 2011 - 8:22 am

    Lovely gentle prose.

  4. #4 by Sandra Davies on February 8, 2011 - 8:27 am

    Having spotted a clump of snowdrops on my way to buy a paper this morning, I can vouch for the slowness of its approach – sweet and enjoyable, this.

  5. #5 by Leah on February 8, 2011 - 8:29 am

    Well-timed and each word well-placed. The end phrase made me nod with appreciation.

  6. #6 by Simon T on February 9, 2011 - 3:08 pm

    Love this! I will appreciate spring as a miracle this year…

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