Not yet ready,
bundled up tight
huddled and curled up
one next to another
not wanting to look
each wrapped tightly
in a satin coat,
a color whose edges dance
as fire and sky blending,
at once an intense red
subdued by a brilliant blue,
holding in those within,
little ones waiting
for their call-
a warmth not yet there
a time not yet come
they wait in place
side by side, until a lightness looms—
and lifts each little edge ’til the lilac blooms.
Poetry and Photo by Sheri Edwards
Observe. Draw or snap a picture.
Observe. Describe what is seen.
Describe what is seen rather than what is — side by side balls of deep purple buds waiting to become a lilac petal. But– don’t say that, describe its looks in terms of something other — actions, another similar object. Not petals, but satin coats. Not just balls, but huddled and curled up. Not just purple — but red and blue, fire and sky.
Wait until the end to reveal the surprise.
A famous lilac garden in Washington State: The Lilac Lady
About this post:
Be safe out there. Find ways to help yourself, your family, and others keep going! We can do this together!
April is time for NaPoWriMo — National Poetry Writing Month, try a bit of poetry and art to encourage others to be safe with each other. Something short. Something inclusive. Something of spring and hope. #NaPoWriMo/#GloPoWriMo
The Academy of Poets encourages us to write #shelterinpoems. Get some ideas there and share your own.
Tons of information can be found at Poets.org: National Poetry Month and here: Virtual Programs.
National Council of Teachers of English also offers suggestions here.
Tune in to Glokel Yokel DS106radio for inspiration.