March 5, 2017

A Poem by Joan Leotta: "While Other Flowers Wait for Spring..."

Joan Leottahas been playing with words on page and stage since childhood. She's a journalist, novelist, poet and playwright. Her novels feature strong Italian-American women. Joan's poems and picture books celebrate food and family. Her poetry and essays appear in Gnarled Oak, Red Wolf, A Quiet Courage, the A-3 Review, Hobart Literary Review, Silver Birch, Postcard Poems and Prose among others, Her blog, Recipes for Success, is at He Facebook page is: Joan Leotta, Author and Story Performer. Her first poetry chapbook, Languid Lusciousness with Lemon, is out this year on Finishing Line Press.

While Other Flowers
Wait for Spring…

clever little crocus,
pokes her head
hard ground,
snow, ice. She
captures what warmth
weakened winter
sun can spare—
she blooms.

© Joan Leotta


  1. Love this poem my friend! Since I'm a Hoosier, perhaps I should send along something of my own one day. Thanks for sharing with your FB family! Nina

  2. This is just the perfect poem for the last week of March - here on the east coast. It was nice to discover this poem today as I was browsing through the Indiana Voice Journal. I shared this link on my FB page to spread the love of this beautiful season when the Crocus pop up from their winter nap and bring such beauty and promise of more to come.


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