Selfishishness is Essential in Spring Poem by David Michael Jackson


selfishness is essential in spring
as essential as giving

or love

and necessary for both

it is selfish to sit on the deck and

feel the spring air on my face and



what is it that I am doing

what is it that I want

is it the words which will throw themselves

across the horizon like those northern lights and lead you to


you too are fragile and

you too will surely break like the ice above the doorway when spring

hits you in the face

hits you with a lily in the yard or

ploughed earth

hits you just when you thought you were dead like the barren winter land

and you find yourself with seeds in your palm

and plans