What Spring Brings

Day 11 of National Poetry Writing Month brought a really interesting challenge. Over at the NaPoWriMo blog, we were invited to write a poem in Sapphics. I admit, I’d never heard of this form before and had to put in a little study time before trying my hand at it. The prompt at Writer’s Digest gave me plenty to work with, though, with the suggestion to write a seasonal poem. Since we’re in the midst of spring here in the eastern US, I chose to stay with where we are right now. Here’s what I came up with: 

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Brilliant yellow powder is dusted ‘cross the

Surface tempting kids with creative minds to

Etch their unique masterpiece on the sides of

My little green van.

Palest shades of green start to paint along the

Tree line. Bulbs emerge from the soil and burst with

Brightest reds and purples and pinks, performing

Quite a fancy show.

All that slept through winter’s harsh cold awakens

Now and turns the world that was dead and gray to

Living, breathing colorful art to show us

To always have hope.

Only Love Remains

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Flames lick the night sky
Negativity burns hot
Blame tries to hold on.

Paper becomes ash
Insecurities destroyed
Fear clings desperately.

Smoke floats heavenward
Guilt and shame no longer breathe
Pain fights for its life.

Tears dry by the fire
Hope rises like a phoenix
Only love remains.