01 April 2013

Spring's Story


Sun and earth collude
to rescind winter's hold.
Stiff earth relents, succumbs
to new shoots that flirt
at first, slip through unnoticed,
then flaunt themselves, awash
with life, called to it.
Tendril scouts surf the earth,
tumble willy-nilly here and there
toasted by all who see, marshalled
by warmer, longer days to prevail.
Earth sheds its minimalist image, waxes
abundant, riotous, anarchic,
a cryptographer to tell spring's story
once again.





Day 1 of NaPoWriMo that challenges us to write a poem a day in April. Kerry O'Connor over at Imaginary Gardens with Real Toads announced yesterday that they will provide 30 prompts in 30 days to aid the process. Her first prompt was about April which marks the beginning of the astrological calendar and life beginning in spring. I've not done this before and don't know if I can do it now but I'm bound to write more poetry than I would without this support. I hope to accompany each poem with one of my photographs. Looking for inspiration? Check out the imaginary garden.

20 comments:

  1. That amaryllis is beautiful and matches the colours of your blog perfectly. I love the wealth of vocabulary in this poem, Mary. Many thanks for your shout out for the imaginary garden and good luck with your 30 poems in April.

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    1. I took that photo in Trinidad up the hill from my daughter. Thanks for providing the prompts and the support for writing poetry.

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  2. I love the blooms and am looking for the story of spring to unfold ~ Good luck on the April marathon ~

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    1. It has started here in Italy. it's a lovely story. Thanks for the encouragement.

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  3. Earth sheds its minimalist image, waxes
    abundant, riotous, anarchic,...ha love that...and love spring...bring it on...tell the story...

    think i am going to try NaPo again this year...i took last year off...here we go...

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    1. Do try. I would love to read you poetry daily, Brian.

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    1. Thanks, Rosaria. Come see it unfold.

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  5. Amazing to watch you create this poem today - lovely!

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    1. It did put a jaunt in my step, didn't it?

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  6. ooooh love the sound of this progression:
    earth--flirt--flaunt--scout

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  7. I love this especially the ending...what a marvelous way to describe spring!!

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    1. It's difficult to find words for what is so much a part of our experience.

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  8. I really like your use of language here, especially the word, 'colludes.' Lovely.

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    1. It seems like that, doesn't it? When we're not watching...

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  9. It really does slip in like that, seductively! Wonderful.

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    1. Yes, I really have to pay attention.

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  10. An interesting view of spring -- with lots of fun vocabulary

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    1. It's all about the words and how they tell the story.

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