Wednesday, April 9, 2014

"Fleeting"


Fleeting

Seemingly pretentious
are Virginia bluebells,
trumpeting arrival
with pomp and circumstance -

languidly draped across April's lap, nodding heavily, dappled
with afternoon's light.

All too soon find I miss them,
woodland's canopy having dismissed
this first glimpse of spring's
unrivaled blessings in blue.

by Margaret Bednar, April 9, 2014

Today's challenge over at the "Imaginary Garden with Real Toads - Words Count with Mama Zen" is to write a poem in 66 words or less depicting the best & worst of April.

I did it in 48 and played a bit loose with the theme.  I adore the flash and brilliance of April's first colors, but they are so short lived.  There have been times I have finally found the time to photograph the beauty of spring's first flowers to find  … they have already disappeared!   I've made several trips to Charleston, SC plantations to find the Azaleas, Jasmine, Wysteria, etc already gone!

So, for me my favorite perennial wildflowers are abloom in April - and I seem unable to get away to enjoy them - and it is agony for me to walk among the garden trails knowing I missed them by a few days…


For the month of April, I am participating in NaPoWriMo2014 or National Poetry Writing Month.  The website is HERE.

In celebration of this year's challenge, I will be giving away a free book of my poetry.  If you are interested in participating in this drawing, please click the red logo at the top of my side bar and leave your name and a means to reach (blog, email, etc) you in the comment section.

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11 comments:

Mama Zen said...

Wow, Margaret! The imagery in that second stanza is just gorgeous. And, why don't my iphone pics look like that?

Jim said...

Margaret, I'm loving Virginia's first spring showing. Ours was six weeks ago (southeast Texas).
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Sherry Blue Sky said...

"unrivaled blessings in blue". Wow. Beautiful.

Susan said...

April's Lap! it's like a first promise of what is to come.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Those flowers almost don't look real! Yes, the prettiest flowers are often short-lived. Easy to miss, like a jumping fish and the setting sun.

Kathryn said...

Beautiful images and words.

Laurie Kolp said...

So beautifully written, Margaret.

Susie Clevenger said...

Beautiful photograph...I loved how you described the brevity of April's blooming...

Sumana Roy said...

perfect April days...

aspiritofsimplicity said...

they don't grow here...we get crocus popping out of snow. Lovely poem. You have captured the joy and the sorrow of early spring flowers.

Jeanne said...

Lovely shot of the bluebells. Nothing quite like spring for beauty