The following May, after the clouds had gone and
the sun’s sticky fingers held your face,
you sat on the porch breathing and watching the morning.
Yellow roses danced before you,
triumphant in the desert garden with
their neon contrast striking amongst the saguaro cactus.
The following May, after the biting grip of winter
against the scalpel’s tip had worn away,
you wondered how you got there
from the stark white hospital to a late spring’s warmth.
One year, the doctors said, thirteen months before,
when the rain steamed on the sand.
The following May, when you opened your eyes, you took in
the landscape. The ache of a year fighting
to heal your brain and dissolve the wool had lessened.
You woke up to feel your seasons changing again,
and sat there, ready to embrace them.