Was That Spring I heard?

Deep in the earth I woke, I stirred.

I said: “Was that the Spring I heard?

For something called!”

“No, no,” they said;

“Go back to sleep. Go back to bed.

You’re far too soon;

The world’s too cold

For you, so small,”

So I was told.

But how could I go back to sleep?

I could not wait; I had to peep!

Up, up, I climbed.

And here am I.

How wide the earth!

How great the sky!

O wintery world,

See me, awake!

Spring calls and comes;

’tis no mistake.

~ Cicely Mary Marker 

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