Lenard D. Moore


False Spring –

I listen to the woman

who can’t find

a job in her field

with proof of experience



ready to cut grass

though the basketball game


a dapple of pollen

from the lawn mower



up the street

and down it too

maples bud

a pregnant woman

opens her mailbox



I grade papers

on this waning day when

dogwoods bud

beyond the window

a whistle blows



first spring rain

the honk of a school bus

before daybreak

all of the silence

in this room


Lenard D. Moore teaches Advance Poetry Writing and African American Literature at Mount Olive College. He also directs their literary festival and serves as the advisor for the college’s publication,The Trojan Voices. He is the author of A Temple Looming; Desert Storm: A Brief History; Forever Home, and other books.