It's now that Chaucer said the birds choose mates
with Mother Nature's help in one great crowd.
I don't take literally what he relates
but know the strength with which wooing's endowed,
for this is not a day to shrink away
from interest in a healthy prospect's eye.
There may be times, but one is not today,
to shrivel back, to flee, to hide, be shy.
This is a time alliances should form,
togetherness prepare for coming spring.
A strong affection should become a norm,
and joy in closeness should begin to sing -
sometimes it takes unlikely, strong insistence
to overcome the bashfulness of distance.
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