The Bridge

copyright kanzensakura March Sun

copyright kanzensakura
March Sun

March is the bridge
Between winter and spring.

On one side snows and cold winds blow,
Wind tears branches from trees
And steals kites, seizing them
Never to be seen again.
March skies may be blue
But the Sun residing there
Is a miser with its warmth.
Grass is crushed
From the weight of long lived snow
And sparrows’ songs are hushed.
On that side of the bridge
March is a ravening lion
Devouring hope with grinning mouth.

The other side whispers tales
Of breezes playing games with
Kites and sparrows in the
Bright blue skies,
Running races with drifting clouds
And rippling grass that no longer sleeps.
Truthful Sun tells no lies
And flings her gold coin warmth to all
Who hold out their hands.
On this side of the Bridge
March gambols like a lamb
Teasing us to follow –
Catch me if you can!
Robins run trying to catch the clouds
Then lift their wings like
Red breasted kites.
Sparrows laugh and rise to follow.

Today at dVerse Poets Pub, it’s all about the verbs, ’bout the verbs no treble….Anyway, for Meeting the Bar (MTB), Victoria wants us to use less adverbs and passive voices – to be more active.  Come visit us!

42 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. forgottenmeadows
    Mar 19, 2015 @ 16:18:31

    beautiful poetry as usual! Would love to reblog this one if it is ok with you 🙂


  2. forgottenmeadows
    Mar 19, 2015 @ 16:22:42

    Reblogged this on forgottenmeadows and commented:
    Check our my friend Kanzen’s beautiful words in her wonderful blog! 🙂


  3. billgncs
    Mar 19, 2015 @ 16:38:02

    I liked that you returned to the bridge to tie the pieces together – that’s a nice touch.


  4. zongrik
    Mar 19, 2015 @ 16:38:28

    i like the ravenous devouring lion, ooops, i mean the lion that ravishes and devours. 🙂


  5. katiemiafrederick
    Mar 19, 2015 @ 16:59:15

    The big M is my favorite time of year.. the Dogwood waits to nearly precisely the date of spring.. to spring forward that first March bud of life.. that tells me the circle of life and love goes on in now..:)


  6. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Mar 19, 2015 @ 17:03:12

    I like the two halves being the mirror of each other.. the lion on the lamb, and how you have used the richness of verbs to really paint that image.. and there where very few adjectives, and still very colorful


  7. Grace
    Mar 19, 2015 @ 17:19:19

    Love the personification of winter and season with March as a bridge ~ I don’t like that the sun is a miser but :

    March gambols like a lamb
    Teasing us to follow –
    Catch me if you can!

    Thanks for the lovely share ~


  8. claudia
    Mar 19, 2015 @ 17:37:10

    i happily follow march in her play and dance to the spring side… beautiful uplifting images in this… i cannot wait for the first flowers to blossom…


  9. Mary
    Mar 19, 2015 @ 17:39:24

    Yes, March really is a bridge. I like that you have written both sides… I like “March is a miser with its warmth.” That is how I feel this week. The sun shines but there is no warmth…and all over my lawn is grass crushed by the weight of snow. I am so waiting for the other side of the bridge, when March gambols (great verb) like a lamb!

    (Thanks for your comment on my poem…very sad really about the one dog mourning, but am glad that the little ‘mutt’ got over it in time and continues to thrive. Two of my three dogs are devoted friends. I do think it would be hard for them if the other passed… My third dog, the oldest, is a loner. LOL.)


  10. Victoria C. Slotto
    Mar 19, 2015 @ 18:35:03

    Wonderful choice of nature-driven verbs and they do express the month of March in all its variations. This is a poem one could refer to for verbs when writing nature.


  11. Glenn Buttkus
    Mar 19, 2015 @ 18:37:10

    This was a very creative use of verbiage, thriving within the prompt–one small issue for me though, in the first stanza–you have “winds steals” & perhaps you meant “wind steals” or “winds steal”. enjoyed the juxtaposition & the dance of the verbs a lot.


  12. Lerene Forte
    Mar 19, 2015 @ 20:17:20

    “March gambols” is my very fave part!


  13. The Course of Our Seasons
    Mar 19, 2015 @ 20:46:58

    Love the two sides of this sometimes heartbreaking month – the final four lines are a perfect poem all on their own and my favorite of this beautiful work.


  14. Linda Kruschke
    Mar 20, 2015 @ 00:01:39

    I want to stay on the spring side of the bridge. 🙂 Peace, Linda


    • kanzensakura
      Mar 20, 2015 @ 08:33:22

      Yes, I think all of us do but it is that winter side that helps us appreciate all the more, the spring side. But my old bones are saying…stay on the spring side! stay on the spring side!


    Mar 20, 2015 @ 05:15:42

    A delightful extension of the March Wind prompt of Tuesday into the active verb mode proposed by Victoria. I too was tempted to re-post my March wind poem, but resisted.


  16. othermary
    Mar 20, 2015 @ 11:21:10

    This is a lovely, accurate description of March.


  17. Kathy Reed
    Mar 20, 2015 @ 16:05:09

    The big M is also my favorite time of the year..birthday and blossoms and fresh rain…ahh…
    love its metaphor, too, the ram….beautiful poem that make full circle….I like ‘gambols’ and ‘devouring’.


  18. M-R
    Mar 21, 2015 @ 15:58:14

    So you’re posting only poetry now, Kanzen ?


    • kanzensakura
      Mar 21, 2015 @ 17:43:48

      Nope. I did a post about random kindness this week and recipe about Guiness cheddar biscuits. I should switch my poetry to my all poetry site but it won’t link up with the dVerse Poets Mr. Linky. Oh the problems of links. But they’re good poems M-R and I am proud of them. After all these years, doing some good work. And they aren’t weird ones….😊


  19. Desmond, Anthony (@iamEPanthony)
    Mar 21, 2015 @ 16:02:40

    March is a ravening lion
    Devouring hope with grinning mouth… love that… one lion I don’t mind trailing behind. smiles


  20. greenspeckblogger
    Mar 22, 2015 @ 14:12:05

    March is beautiful in a way … loved it 🙂


  21. Abhra
    Mar 22, 2015 @ 16:57:09

    Such beautiful use of seasonal landscapes with verbs, I loved your piece. Took longer to read it though.


  22. dilipnaidu
    Mar 23, 2015 @ 11:07:01

    Truly so beautiful! Thank you.


  23. wholeproduction
    Mar 23, 2015 @ 14:14:48

    Good work as always 🙂


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