The leaves have exploded this week.

Two weeks back they were small brown buds

huddling against the nighttime frost,

waiting for sunlight.

Then the buds split

and small green extrusions peeked forth,

just testing the air.

Tiny leaves replaced the buds.

Miniature photosynthetic factories

took nutrients, sunlight and water

and enlarged the original blueprint

day by day

until now,

fully grown,

they dance in the summer breeze.

After 32 years teaching in rural Yukon schools, Dan Davidson retired from that profession but continues writing about life in Dawson City.