thanks, glad you found it, read it, and enjoyed it, in that order.
initially I had “sprouts spring forth” for that line, but that wasn’t smooth enough, too many consonants. so I substituted in “inch” as a verb. but the original poem mentions the Spring, so I had to weave that in somewhere. after much trial & error, I opted to use “new-sprung wings” later on.
damn, writing poetry is painful but so much fun