can an old tree
sprout tender shoots
can winter-dead branches
bud spring-green leaves,
an ex-poet a new verse?

I’m hoping the answer is “Yes.”

Chemo-therapy is behind me now (an April to September ordeal) and I’ve been in the dark depths of exhaustion and depression during these last few weeks. Thanks be, it feels like I’m coming up for air again and seeing a brighter day ahead. And I’ve missed this little corner of my creative life, so want to start posting a verse a day on this blog again.

Happy New Year to everyone reading this. Welcome to those of you who have recently started following me — trusting there would be something posted — and my thanks to those of you who are still following. I will begin in faith and see how things go.

Today’s verse:

small courtesies
brighten weary old souls
sunshine on frosted panes