the live oak hills north of town
dogwood trees blossom in rhythm,
the woods with red, pink,
and pearl white in a nest of green.
without advance notice,
they catch us by surprise each year,
their own southern
spring in rampant fugues of color.
Strother is a native of Louisiana and a retired librarian.
He currently lives in River Ridge, Louisiana, near New Orleans,
with his wife, Liz, also a librarian. He has published poems most
recently in Plainsongs, The Lyric, Common Ground
Review, Texas Review, Louisiana Review, Arkansas
Review, and The Christian Science Monitor, and also
has a chapbook, Picking Rocks, from Red Gate Press.