In the midst of January
It is good to think of cherry-
Blossom time, some months away.
January has been relentless—that is,
Cold; and we know it can be.
It should, then, enable us to prize the ripple
In warmth, the green in fresh, restrained heat.
January must be useful
Towards making us see the red of summer,
Of cherries, for instance—and at noon
There are lanes with thick leaves above them,
Hanging properly from branches, on branches,
In June summeriness, July wide hotness.
All this is meant to insult
Unkempt and nipping January,
Brutal month, of ice, and winds from rivers (to the west),
Of sleighs perhaps, and chapped second fingers.
From Hail, American Development (Definition Press)
© 1968 by Eli Siegel