Between Seasons
by Christine Vovakes

March slips in.
The ice floating thin
in the dog bowl each morning
is gone, and water in hoses
runs freely after last month’s frost.

Acres of white snow geese
descend in a stubbled field
on their way north.
Riffling their wings
they lift and settle
and seem to roll
slowly like the foam of a wave
seeking shore.

Lean apple trees are empty
and waiting, spindly cradles
in a vacant nursery
where nests and birds
and fruit will abound by June.

But quiet now, expectant.
They’re breezy rooms the wind
moves through. On a sturdy limb
the small grey sparrow
chooses a spot
to place her first straw.


Christine Vovakes lives in northern California.  Her articles and
photos have appeared in several publications, including
Sacramento Bee
, The Washington Post, The Christian Science
, and the San Francisco Chronicle.  Vovakes won a
Patricia Painton Scholarship at the 2005 Paris Writers Workshop
for a piece of short fiction.  Her poetry has been published in small
journals, most recently in the Spring 2005 issue of

On “Between Seasons”:
I wrote “Between Seasons” in late winter/early spring, not
entirely one season or the other, during a time of personal
transitions.  The natural world often mirrors the changing
landscape in our interior lives, and that’s what I tried to
explore in this poem.

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Apple Valley Review:
A Journal of Contemporary

ISSN 1931-3888

Volume 2, Number 1
(Spring 2007)

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