On the occasion of a slowly arriving spring . . .

grey skies droop,
shroud skyscrapers
and urban neighborhoods.
Red breasted robin
pecks through dirty pebbled remains
of once tall snow piles.
Crocus greenery marks the shift,
competes for first-sign-of-spring prize.
Less competitive blooms
await winter’s total demise.
Flannel clad, I snooze,
book close by.

Written for dVerse, the virutal pub for poets around the globe. Today, Mish asks us to use the word “shift” or a form of the word within the body of our quadrille, a poem of exactly 44 words sans title.

15 thoughts on “On the occasion of a slowly arriving spring . . .

  1. rothpoetry March 20, 2023 / 5:13 pm

    I love it. Beautiful flower buds waiting to open. Warmth coming the end of the week.


  2. Mish March 20, 2023 / 5:29 pm

    What a perfect painting of Spring’s debut! I could see those “grey skies droop”. I especially like the contrast you make about blooms being competitive . Those crocuses are always so determined!


  3. merrildsmith March 20, 2023 / 6:03 pm

    So evocative of early spring, Lillian. We’re further along here, but even with the brilliant sunshine, there was a cold wind today.


  4. welshstream March 20, 2023 / 6:20 pm

    Captured the change here really well leading you through the grubby remains of snow and into the hope Spring brings to life


  5. Ron. March 20, 2023 / 6:52 pm

    Coming, indeed, but waaaaaay toooo slooooowly! I need a fresh book!


  6. Gillena Cox March 20, 2023 / 7:40 pm

    The redbreasted bird is a nice pop of colour in a grey day
    Happy you dropped by to read mine.



  7. Grace March 20, 2023 / 8:47 pm

    I too await winter’s total demise. Love seeing the red breasted robins, again. We also have blue jays here.


  8. rogblog666 March 21, 2023 / 3:25 am

    keep your books close and your friends closer. can’t wait to be able to sit in the sun with a book


  9. Jane Dougherty March 21, 2023 / 5:43 am

    I remember waiting for February/March snow to melt. I’m happy for spring to be already well underway.


  10. Helen March 21, 2023 / 7:10 pm

    I like your spring “sort of” spring quadrille …. we’re still in flannel out here in Central Oregon too. Hoping your hip is better today.


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