Day 38 Not Yet Ready

Not ready

Not yet ready,

bundled up tight

huddled and curled up

one next to another

not peeking

not wanting to look

each wrapped tightly

in a satin coat,

deep purple,

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 Monthtry 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.orgNational Poetry Month and here: Virtual Programs.

National Council of Teachers of English also offers suggestions here.

Tune in to Glokel Yokel DS106radio for inspiration.