warmish breeze touches
bursting new leaves
rosebuds emerge from snowmelt
and I, wearing new black patent shoes
straw hat with yellow cloth daisies
and pink cotton candy coat
have a good reason to go to church

After a career in education as a teacher and administrator, Lenore Hirsch writes humor about aging, features in the Napa Valley Register, as well as poetry, short stories, food and travel pieces. In 2018 she published a poetry collection, Leavings. See www.lenorehirsch.com.