Haykin: “Winter’s Easter”

From Michael A. G. Haykin’s newly-released collection of poetry:

Winter’s Easter

The Tree, denuded of foliage,
Yet stretching forth branches,
Strains Spring-like as it unites
Widest extremes
Of earth and sky.

The purity of fresh snow,
Finely textured and light,
Blankets Sky-like and deep
This ruddy earth
With its cloying clay.

Much more than annual respite
Then this Spring’s emergence
And re-shaping history’s time—
But Phoenix-like
From the funeral pyre.

Michael A. G. Haykin, The Sweetness of God: Poetic Reflections on the Grace and Love of the Triune God (Mountain Home, Arkansas: BorderStone Press, 2014), 35.