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Sunday 21 April 2013


For long -- too long --
they've hesitated:
trembled in the wings,
stars of this year's pageantry,
their costumes under
winter's heavy wraps,
asking if it's time.
Was that our cue?

Then suddenly,
not as we'd thought
or where we'd thought,
not from the earth
(or so it seemed)
but conjured out of air:

just overnight,
the bright magnolia
is spangling the sky.
Stella, she's called --
so aptly named. Near-by
vies with the sun
for colour and for light.

And now the flame bush,
seeming nearer earth,
dispels that myth
as all its flames
spontaneously ignite.

Even the earth-bound hellebores
have raised themselves
to face the sun,
so lightening their load.

Diaphanous, the willow's gown,
bought yesterday on-line.
She shakes her skirts
with patent glee
and pride in how she looks.

Written for Claudia's Poetics ~ Spring at dVerse Poets


Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Oh, so full of colour and beauty! You make me see and feel it all.

brudberg said...

The explosion of spring. I love this.. and I so wish I had a Magnolia.. Wish you a happy garden spring. Here only crocus so far

kaykuala said...

What a wonderful opener from the drab of winter. The colors and greenery aptly secured in a motley of images. Great do Dave!


Anonymous said...

Stella fighting Forsythia for the sun, a sure sign Spring has finally sprung ;-)

Tabor said...

Ah, you have at last found spring in your neighborhood!

Claudia said...

nice..love the shaking of her skirts...i have a magnolia tree in the garden and it blooms wonderfully at the moment...i so love magnolias and cherry blossoms...two of my spring favs..

Mary said...

You have written it well. Eventually all that waits in the wings will be seen, and the wait will prove to be worth it indeed. (I am still waiting. LOL)

Carl said...

Welcome Spring. We have been waiting for you!

Unknown said...

Imagery - colour - senses all brought to life in this fine tribute to Spring David.

Laurie Kolp said...

So vivid, delightful, Dave. I especially like:

just overnight,
the bright magnolia
is spangling the sky.

I LOVE magnolia's aroma.

Grace said...

I love the blooms and colors springing forth from your pen ~ It's their cue to raised themselves to the sun ~ That last line is specially lovely Dave ~

Leovi said...

Exquisite poem, spring does not fail to keep your appointment, lovely!

RMP said...

beautiful. I enjoyed their eagerness at the start as the waited off stage. this, right at the start of the season (whenever it finally decides to steal the stage) is my favorite.

adan said...

"just overnight,
the bright magnolia
is spangling the sky" -

spring does seem to burst itself upon us, after teasing us with tiny buds and returning flitting birds ;-)

also really liked,

"Diaphanous, the willow's gown,
bought yesterday on-line.
She shakes her skirts
with patent glee"

enjoyed this david, thanks so much ;-)

Tommaso Gervasutti said...

One of your best Dave. And the subject is one of those dearest to me.
I really sense spring's "patent glee".

Elephant's Child said...

What a glorious, vibrant salute to Spring. Thank you Dave, I am very happy that she is finally with you.

Truedessa said...

Rich verses that spring to life within the lines of a new season.

Cloudia said...

such a sweet contemporary paen to Spring!

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Kathy Reed said...

sounds like a lovely garden; already daffs are 'done' here..and today I couldn't find my two hellebores..something or someone got to them I'm afraid...enjoy the pageantry!