Ann Hostetler

The Conrad Grebel Review 33, no. 2 (Spring 2015)

Let labor cease while the redbuds bloom.

Shhhh. Behind the screen of fuschia lace
winter trees are changing clothes.
Come out! Leave everything behind—
redbuds bloom but once a year.
Have you forgotten how to pray?
Eavesdrop on the bees that hover
in apple blossoms, dandelion flowers
gathered on the green dance floor
where cardinals hunt in purple shade.

Ann Hostetler is a poet and Professor of English at Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana.