Three Ways to Delight in the Cruellest Month

I
When the cruellest month consumes
the remains of Old Man Winter,
I sniff the soil for to-be blooms
and spring-dream of petrichor.

II
I gossip with dragon’s blood
and smirk wickedly at passion fruit,
when the cruellest month kisses earth
and snow melts under the touch.

III
With T. S. Eliot in my bag,
I escape to Unreal City, wishing
Stetson’s garden to sprout
in the cruellest month.

Process Note: I’ve borrowed many bits from “Unreal City”, my favorite part of “The Waste Land”, by T. S. Eliot. I’m including a link to “The Teacher”, by Hedgewitch, because I’ve thought about the poem enough times, since I read it, to wonder if I’ve pinched a feeling or three from it (shhh… don’t tell Hedge). The format loosely follows “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird”, by Wallace Stevens (minus ten stanzas, obviously). I swiped the idea from a prompt offered by Heaven, at The Imaginary Garden with Real Toads…

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for NaPoWriMo with Magaly Guerrero 2015, Day 14 – Valued Activities in My Poetry: Write a poem that includes at least three activities you truly enjoy doing in April.

linked to the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads

Three Ways to Delight in the Cruellest Month

Valued Activities in My Poetry

I’m so excited about today’s prompt. I enjoyed Poetizing the News… of 1913 to no end—both the reading and the writing. But poetry focused on the things we like to do during the cruellest month just promises so many delights…

For Day 14 of NaPoWriMo with Magaly Guerrero 2015, Write a poem that includes at least three activities you truly enjoy doing in April.

Instructions

* Leave a link to your poem, as a comment. Include the title of your entry, and the direct link to your post. Example: “NaPoWriMo with Magaly Guerrero 2015”: http://magalyguerrero.com/napowrimo-with-magaly-guerrero-2015/. Visit other Wicked Darlings and comment on their yum. They might visit you (it’s polite).

* If you use this prompt, please link it to your post. And if you are feeling extra delicious, link your poem to the main entry. Show others where to go. Spread the word. Linking back to the source will bring joy to about-to-bloom trees.

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