Ben this is extremely delicately delivered and so beautifully done that it moved me.
Title - it makes one wonder why you'd perform such an act - is it a little like seeing through rose tinted glasses? That was my initial thought anyway.
1/ An extremely relatable stanza especially as winter brings along with it for many of us the winter blues and sets off depression/anxiety but once the first sight of blossoming flowers is seen and spring is just around the corner it sets of a positive vibe of new growth to some of us and it makes us realise that life isn't so bleak. The imagery is fantastic and makes me think of a bitterly cold yet warming day (due to the sun shining) where a person can see blossoming flowers and smiles thinking to oneself “life just got abit better”
2/ Fabulous rhyming here as always the imagery again is sublime and makes one think that though there's lightning probably in one's head that you're putting the bad times away and offering a sorry at things you may have done/said in the ‘dark days’ (winter months) due to the blues.. I like how you say remorse as it states you're sorry for what you've done/said but not regretful which on my opinion makes one feel you've turned a corner.
3/ Again this stanza calls out to me “things may not always be bright but I'll make the most of them anyway without regret” and rightly so as they say no use spilling over spilt milk.
4/ And here we have it the answer to why “you'd paint the crowd with roses” because you are not letting bad, dark times get in the way of better times.
A fabulous piece of which I'm glad has been nominated.
All the best. X
You need no congratulations here Ben. This is an amazing piece that showcases not only your amazing skill as a poet, but also the ability to recover and continue forward (if the metaphors are to be taken literally).
You truly are a master of your craft. Added to favorites