Love Poem, by Alan Toltzis

Love Poem
by Alan Toltzis

The temperature went to 75
in February.
Everyone played like it was June,
even our trees.

Their buds bulged
with unformed leaves
and unformed fruit.

Lovers ignored the warnings:
thunderstorms to mark the start
of the warm spell,
thunderstorms to take it all away.

The trees noticed
but continued to burst anyway,
their juices surging.

Process Notes: I wrote this after seeing the movie Paterson, which is full of poems by Ron Padgett. Hearing and reading poetry relaxed the tone of my work, at least for a while.

Alan Toltzis is the author of 49 Aspects of Human Emotion and The Last Commandment. A two-time Pushcart nominee, he has published in numerous print and online journals. Alan serves as an Editor for the Mizmor Poetry Anthology. Find him online at and follow him @ToltzisAlan.

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