2014 Poetry Theme Challenge

#05 Songs of Spring




Thank you all who took up the last challenge. I hope this next one provides you some food for the muse.
In the UK we have had storms and floods hit us more than a little badly. However the last few days have seen glimpses of brilliant sunshine so some spring in the air or for those of us in the Southern Hemisphere the wonders of autumn. What is it that makes these times so special to you? The challenge therefore is to write poetic songs of spring.


Quote - Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's party!' - Robin Williams


Spring

NOTHING is so beautiful as spring-
When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush;
Thrush's eggs look little low heavens, and thrush
Through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring
The ear, it strikes like lightnings to hear him sing;
The glassy peartree leaves and blooms, they brush
The descending blue; that blue is all in a rush
With richness; the racing lambs too have fair their fling.

What is all this juice and all this joy?
A strain of the earth's sweet being in the beginning
In Eden garden.-Have, get, before it cloy,
Before it cloud, Christ, lord, and sour with sinning,
Innocent mind and Mayday in girl and boy,
Most, O maid's child, thy choice and worthy the winning.

Gerard Manley Hopkins


Useful Words and Phrases:

Bursting from the night
And life begins
Vernal
Gentle awakening


Songs of Spring Challenge



Terry Clitheroe

Autumn
Spring

Divena Collins

Blush of Spring
Pagan Spring Festival
Wind Power



Terry Clitheroe

Autumn

I always love the early autumn
With dying leaves of Gold and Brown
The fallen leaves upon the lawn
A crinkled patchwork eiderdown.
Setting the scene for a future time
Where once again life will be sublime.

So on and on life goes ad infinitum
Now a time of rest for all that's grown
And I'll always love the early autumn
With dying leaves of Gold and Brown
Sometimes seeing the most beautiful sites
Still warm days but with chilling nights.

Later to Earth a time of sleep will come
She'll be wearing then a drab nightgown
Some beasts now also prepare their home
And will gather what summer has grown
Then they themselves will the winter sleep
Waking with Spring and with duties to keep.



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Spring

Spring is when Nature comes alive
The air is clear and all life is new
Whilst worker bees rush from the hive
On their daily task to help life renew
Blossoms bloom on bush and tree
Ne'r holding back Nature pays the fee.

For this task each plant gives in return
A drop of honey to this busy bee
Nor is there any need for concern
Knowing for every task there is a fee
Thus rewards for helping to survive
For in this simple way all life conceives.



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Divena Collins

Blush Of Spring

I stand
Here before you
I see love in your eyes
May this be because it is spring.
For us

I know
That feeling well
Many times I have been there
And I know I would go there again
With you.

Times past
Seasons pass on
And springtime returns again
I feel it`s come back for reasons
Of love.

Spells cast
Love shall then bloom
Warmth within bestows
Fiery red like the blush of a rose
In Spring.

Come now
Share this moment
Let not this chance be lost
For Spring is the time for lovers
To unite.



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A Pagan Spring Festival

Ostara.
Goddes of spring
Of Germanic paganism
Bearing the earths fertility
Of lore.
She is seen high
Within natures kingdom
Changing the earth unto seasons
Of four
Quarterly parts
Within powers of trance
And of a deeper meditation
She blows.
The seeds of time
When all is fertile deep
There grows the trees within nature
As before.
Goddess of spring
And fertility with reason
Cast adrift within cosmic winds
But never.
When stars
Glow brightly in Spring
And the earth begins to warm
Let no imagination deter her power
Of insight.


Ostara - Johannes Gehrts

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Wind Power

Come winds of march and blow this day
Cast floods of winter storms adrift
That we may seek life anew for spring
Upon seasonal charms of natures gift
Sends whirwinds from a distant shore
To amend the earth that weeps no more.

Earth is sodden from raging storms
Soon it shall be planting season
Creation of wonder is never found
Flooded earth shall be the reason
Within springtime may surely die
Lest winds of time the earth to dry.

Secluded places there are no floods
Upon mountains may be high and dry
If early spring gathers frost or snow
Then mountain blooms may perish nigh
Winds may blow in most peculiar places
When a lady loses her airs and graces.



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