“Shades of Summer” by Charlotte Digregorio

Homebound, looking out
onto snowdrifts,
I unspool July.

The cardinal blazes in flight.
A scarlet butterfly, dappled white,
claims a yellow crocus.

I unravel raspberries
from a gnarled vine,
savoring seeds.

When twilight casts
a shadow,
the breeze strokes me.

In deepening green,
where roses refuse to hide,
the crickets’ chant echoes
from ear to soul.