Tags: spring


NaPoWriMo 11, 12 and 13: Pandemic Spring, Haiku, Tanka

I got a bit behind on my National Poetry Writing Month one-poem-a-day challenge, so here are three! The first is a poem inspired by spring, and the second and third are a haiku and a tanka. You can read the corresponding prompts from my literary magazine, Wild Violet, here: NAPOWRIMO 2020 - Prompt 11 and NAPOWRIMO 2020 - Prompts 12 and 13.


Grassy lawn, flowering trees, brick buildings outside my window

Pandemic Spring

Disorderly as thought --
a gray mist one moment,
glorious green the next.
This year, a dreamy arrival --
sluggish and rootless.
Faltering outside
our many windows.


Redbud's outspread limbs
clustered with coral blossoms
sprung from today's rain.


From filmy palette
to splashy chartreuse and rose;
shadows shimmy on brick
in hushed wind. Tornado
warning is over.

- April 13, 2020
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LJI Second Chance: April Shade

This is my entry for LJ Idol's Second Chance competition (https://therealljidol.dreamwidth.org) for eliminated contestants to earn a spot back in the competition. The topic this week is "Shade." I'll update when there is a voting link.

Bare Tree with Shadow Limbs


Spring sun shadows through bare branches
fascinate me. Again and again, I feel
compelled to photograph the way those crooked
lines stretch across the grass, dark mirrors. Blackness
crisscrosses latent green, undulates.
The grass awash in ripples, dappled grays and fading
charcoal. Glimpsed from a distance, these lines mimic
root systems stretching underneath: that two-brushed
flare of living trees, stretching above and below.

At that moment, when the world lies
dormant, I feel more sharply
the life that suffuses.

ETA: As promised, here is the link to the poll: https://therealljidol.dreamwidth.org/1030373.html. Four people will be eliminated from Second Chance this week!