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
Recently, I’ve been hibernating, quite content to stay inside and write or paint in my studio. However, spring is upon us and today my husband decided we both needed to get out of the house and absorb some natural vitamin D. We headed a very short drive away to the Norfolk Botanical Garden. Had I know what he was planning, I would have taken my camera. As it was, I had my phone which you likely now is nearly impossible to see in bright sunlight. I only took one photo and I’m using it as inspiration for today’s poem.