To all my friends suffering under the nth snowstorm… at least it has a neat name.
blackberry winter (n.): Used chiefly in the southern regions of America, this refers to a period of cold weather in the late spring, more boringly called a “cold snap.” The term is said to come from chilly weather appearing after the blackberry plants have begun to bloom, which Americans will feast on in cobblers throughout summer. Other terms for this are after-winter, blackthorn winter, dogwood winter or redbud winter.
So, take heart… it’s started. If you have to, make your own flowers… but, they’re coming. And then, there will be berries.
it begins with clouds
now forming, piling, parting
wakens first the weeds. leaves next
slowly greening – and then blooms