Firstling
    Footnotes

    “Firstling,” Ensign, Mar. 1985, 65

    Firstling

    Ensign Poetry Contest Second Place Winner

    One solitary blade of life

    the first to break

    through winter’s hold

    fires its emerald salience

    against the ashen sky

    and speaks for all its

    unborn brothers

    deep within the

    dark brown soil

    of spring