February

'In February'

"Rich meanings of the prophet-Spring adorn,
Unseen, this colorless sky of folded showers,
And folded winds; no blossom in the bowers;
A poet's face asleep in this grey morn.
Now in the midst of the old world forlorn
A mystic child is set in these still hours.
I keep this time, even before the flowers,
Sacred to all the young and the unborn."


--  Alice Meynell, "In February''