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Monday, March 22, 2021


by Tracey Gratch

Crocuses through morning frost feign hope
that even in this time of gloom, as Cambridge
bars are shuttered tight and on Mass Ave.
foot traffic’s light, and yet, and yet it’s barely
spring, despite the losses reigning in—
The moment for a second shot; resilience
grit, on second thought.

Tracey Gratch lives south of Boston with her husband and their four children. Her poems have appeared in publications including Post Road, Mezzo Cammin, The Literary Bohemian, Annals of Internal Medicine, Boston Literary Magazine, TheNewVerse.News, and The Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine. Her poem "Strong Woman" is included in On Being A Doctor, Volume 4, from the American College of Physicians.