Spring Thaw

Remember when the sun
offered us just enough
to turn snow in the road
to puddles?
Mom said the wanted words:
Yes, you can ride your bike now.
You pedaled through salt and sand
and every mini-pond for miles,
soaking the bottom of your corduroys.
They stuck to your ankles,
dripped down your socks,
into your canvas sneakers.
Later you’d squeeze them all out,
into the avocado sink,
your calves tingling,
feet pink and thawing
             like the days ahead.
   You were worth it,
weren’t you?

Katherine Gotthardt

Katherine Gotthardt, M.Ed., writing concentration, has been writing, editing and teaching for more than twenty years. For the past ten years, she has earned a living through content development and marketing. Besides being published in dozens of journals, Katherine has authored six books: Poems from the Battlefield, Furbily-Furld Takes on the World, Approaching Felonias Park, Weaker Than Water, Bury Me Under a Lilac and Late April. She has been nominated twice for Poet Laureate of Prince William County, VA, received InsideNova's 2019 Best of Prince William award in the author category and is Editor in Chief of Prince William Living magazine. Katherine serves as president of Write by the Rails, the Prince William Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club.

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