The Hawthorn In Spring

The new season is marked

by the return of our starlings.

As they forage in my yard

I read of Mary Magdalene,

the lover of Jesus, humbled

in her sorrow.


The hawthorn tree carries

crystals of light

on the tips of its spikes.

Even this brilliant spring

cannot relieve the darkness

of the human heart.


The Hawthorn In Spring

James Deahl was born in Pittsburgh during 1945. He lives in Sarnia with the writer Norma West Linder. He is the author of twenty-three literary titles, the four most recent being: Two Paths Through The Seasons (with Norma West Linder, 2014), North Point (2012), Rooms The Wind Makes (2012), and North Of Belleville (with Richard M. Grove, 2012). He is the father of Sarah, Simone, and Shona.
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