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MERRY GOLD: an essay by local author and writer John A. Bragstad

May 17, 2023 10:43AM ● By Content Editor
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By local author and writer John Bragstad for Boreal Community Media - May 17, 2023

Marigolds first appear in the 
Far before the summer crowd. 

They signal  
the birth of spring. 

They lie in low places, 
move from the muck and 
drainage to the sunlight 
and to raised recognition. 

They reflect the sun. 

They are the celebration 
of life at the bottom of a 
nondescript ditch. 

They compete with the browns 
and plainer language of a pine 
forest in early May. 

They are harbingers of what is 
to come. 
Heralds of another, brighter

They compete with no one. 
They are the original.
They proclaim the colors 
in a world of grey,  
a world of frost and fading ice. 

They wait for no cue,  
they advance with elaborate 
They occupy the low places. 
They are longed for as 
first announcers of spring. 

They do not apologize 
for their lowly status. 
Nature has selected them, 
and they are equal  
to their diminutive task. 

Broadcasters of new life in a 
weary and forlorn world.

About the author

John A. Bragstad has been a therapist, working with couples and individuals, for 25 years. He is self-published and is enjoying retirement. Lake Superior is just off his front porch.

He has written three books: Compass Season, Loon Laughter at Midnight, and Who's Watching Whoo? They are available in Grand Marais at Drury Lane and Lake Superior Trading Post, or at

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