Edna St. Vincent Millay


It came into her mind, seeing how the snow
Was gone, and the brown grass exposed again,
And clothes-pins, and an apron ” long ago,
In some white storm that sifted through the pane
And sent her forth reluctantly at last
To gather in, before the line gave way,
Garments, board-stiff, that galloped on the blast
Clashing like angel armies in a fray,
An apron long ago in such a night
Blown down and buried in the deepening drift,
To lie till April thawed it back to sight,
Forgotten, quaint and novel as a gift -
It struck her, as she pulled and pried and tore,
That here was spring, and the whole year to be lived 
    through once more.