Poetry Friday: Is It Spring Yet?

Happy Poetry Friday!

I woke to the sound of birds, happy it was Friday (although most days blend into each other), but disappointed because I didn’t think I had anything to share for Poetry Friday. I wrote a few short poems during the week, but nothing was grabbing me. Then I opened Margaret Simon’s post and inspiration hit! Margaret challenged us to try out a Book Scavenger Hunt – pick some words from a book and use them in a poem. Yes, it’s that easy, and don’t miss the incredible video of Amanda Gorman demonstrating this technique that Margaret included.

I’ve been reading lots of picture books for Reading For Research month, and yesterday I discovered the beautiful, lyrical Birdsong written and illustrated by Julie Flett. The book spans the seasons, so I picked one word from each season: mucky, berries, gathering, bulbs

Is It Spring Yet?

There are secrets
in the mucky mud of winter’s retreat,
buried beneath leftover leaves
and once-wiggly worms.
While chilly winds whirl,
bulbs wake,
gather energy,
push up
up
up…
to celebrate with birds,
to rejoice with buds and berries,
to announce –
It’s spring!

Kat Apel has the Poetry Friday Roundup today, and a new book to introduce.

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20 Responses to Poetry Friday: Is It Spring Yet?

  1. Karyn B says:

    I am hoping that spring is right around the corner. We have been getting so many little glimpses of it over the last week or so. The sunshine has been glorious.

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  2. lynnedorfman says:

    Lovely, Rose. I love the once-wiggly and the up, up, up. I like the way you talk about bulbs gathering energy. Much to explore here and in a March garden.

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  3. haitiruth says:

    Yay for spring! Thanks for your lovely poem! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

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  4. katswhiskers says:

    This is beautiful, Rose. Like the fertile soil, it is jam-packed with goodies; starting with ‘the mucky mud of winter’s retreat’. So much succinct alliteration – and energy. Bursting with anticipation!

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  5. bmagee10 says:

    Love the movement of this poem toward the warmer days of spring. Going to look up Flett’s Birdsong, sounds lovely. 🙂

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  6. Rose, this is fabulous! Such rich and vibrant word choices :>) I just put Birdsong on reserve a day or two. Looking forward to it…

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  7. lindabaie says:

    I love that so many are writing about spring this Poetry Friday. We are indeed eager for it! This is wonderful, Rose. I actually love that beginning, like spring, so filled with promise: “There are secrets”!

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  8. rosecappelli says:

    Thank you, Linda!

    Like

  9. janicescully says:

    “Bulbs wake/ gather energy/ push up/ up.” Love this. Daffodils are what I’m waiting for.

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  10. mbhmaine says:

    There’s so much positive energy in this poem. The first four lines are delightful and I also love the push up up up toward spring! So glad you found that prompt and ran with it.

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  11. Kay Mcgriff says:

    I love this prompt and have enjoyed the poem written in response. Your anticipation of spring is most welcome with its mucky mud growing into delicious berries!

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  12. I love all your alliterated word pairs, “mucky mud/ leftover-leaves/wiggly worms” it definitely sounds and feels like spring, thanks Rose!

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  13. Fran Haley says:

    So joyful indeed, Rose! Thank you for sharing the inspiration tip.

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  14. Linda Mitchell says:

    What a beautiful and joyful sound to your poem. I love that you picked up the challenge and ran with it! It’s lovely.

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