Theme in White by Sue Spiers




Theme in White

After Carl Sandburg


I fleck the grass

with starry eggs in February.

I shine in woods, over hillsides,

limewash and lemon heart

and I am called Galanthus.

On the cusp of spring

when night is crisp

women gather

plant pots of my bulbs,

chant spirit charms

and curse the demon blight.

I am maid-in-the-milk-pail

with pearly gems

and the women pray

I am rebirth.






Sue Spiers lives in Hampshire. Her work has been published in 14, Acumen, Fenland Poetry Journal and The North and on-line at Atrium, Ink, Sweat & Tears and The High Window. Sue works with the Winchester Poetry Festival and edits the Open University Poetry Society’s annual anthology. Sue tweets @spiropoetry.