Quadrille Monday #28

Today is Quadrille Monday and Kim Russell is our Pubtender!  Write your poem of exactly 44 words using the prompt word “spring”. http://dversepoets.com/2017/03/13/quadrille-28/ The poems are super short – so come visit and get your monthly dose of poetry!


the calendar says spring is
just a kite flight away –
although the nights are freezing cold,
days are chilly but growing longer.
trees are blooming scattering their petals
in the harsh wind.
the full Worm Moon glistens on frost
In the night –
plum blossoms shiver

public domain photo

56 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. whimsygizmo
    Mar 13, 2017 @ 15:27:42

    Beautiful, Toni.


  2. lillian
    Mar 13, 2017 @ 15:30:23

    …just a kite fly away while plum blossoms shiver……LOVE these words! 🙂


  3. frankhubeny
    Mar 13, 2017 @ 15:35:32

    It is the first time I’ve heard of a “worm moon”, but it looks like from an internet search that it is a thing. The snow last night may insulate the ground a bit here and give the earthworms a chance to go deeper for warmth.


  4. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Mar 13, 2017 @ 15:37:15

    You always bring the best out from the moon… hope there still will be plums…


  5. kanzensakura
    Mar 13, 2017 @ 15:38:00

    There are all kinds of names given to the various full moons by the Native Americans. I think I’ve done a total of four since last fall on dVerse.


  6. MarinaSofia
    Mar 13, 2017 @ 15:40:07

    Those poor plum blossoms have all but scattered down our road, as they were whipped and buffeted by merciless winds and rain… Your poems are always so good at conveying that moment of stillness and contemplation.


  7. Glenn Buttkus
    Mar 13, 2017 @ 15:54:26

    Your last line, as noted, is pure killer-good. Our tulip tree is wiser this year than last, and the buds are still waiting to bloom. It is so gorgeous, but generally most of the blossoms get chilled or wind-blown before the warm days set in. I rush out & photograph it’s glory when I can.


  8. whippetwisdom
    Mar 13, 2017 @ 16:01:55

    We still have chilly nights here too and the days are getting longer and warmer. I love how ‘the calendar says spring is just a kite flight away’ – a beautiful write Toni xxx


  9. Beverly Crawford
    Mar 13, 2017 @ 16:18:25

    It pleases me that I learn something here every day. The term “worm moon” was new to me, but I find it’s winter’s last full moon. I’ll tuck that knowledge in my knapsack. Enjoyed your poem much or, as our new president would say, bigly!


  10. thotpurge
    Mar 13, 2017 @ 16:20:17

    full worm moon and shivering plum blossoms…splendid images!


  11. welshstream
    Mar 13, 2017 @ 16:58:00

    Wonderful opening two lines to a poetic gem


  12. Maureen Sudlow
    Mar 13, 2017 @ 17:28:34

    love this!


  13. Singledust
    Mar 13, 2017 @ 17:43:06

    love your use of the Full Worm Moon! I think its the loveliest full moon after the February eclipse!


  14. lynn__
    Mar 13, 2017 @ 17:45:01

    Oh, the beauty of the moon and your phrases, “kite flight away” and “plum blossoms shiver”…lovely, Toni!


  15. erbiage
    Mar 13, 2017 @ 17:53:05

    Your pacing and thoughtfulness are always superb


  16. Jane Dougherty
    Mar 13, 2017 @ 17:54:26

    I’ve never heard of a worm moon before. Not sure if it’s good or bad. Certainly made me shiver.


    • kanzensakura
      Mar 14, 2017 @ 13:30:24

      The name is one given to the various moons by Native Americans. It is neither good nor bad, it just denotes the season. It is the time of year when the earthworms begin to work their way through to the surface thus providing nutrients from their skins (nitrogen based) to nourish plants and to give sustenance to birds. It shows a deep awareness in the passing of seasons and relationship to the earth.


  17. Grace
    Mar 13, 2017 @ 18:03:24

    Plum blossoms shivering and full moon – gorgeous imagery ~ Sadly spring is still too far away from us as we are having a winter storm ~


  18. Victoria C. Slotto
    Mar 13, 2017 @ 18:13:03

    Such fickle weather. We are so hot here (95) and this morning when the dogs and I walked, the air was fragrant with so many blossoming citrus trees. Wish things had moved a bit slower, though.


  19. Sanaa Rizvi (@rizvi_sanaa)
    Mar 13, 2017 @ 18:15:16

    Gorgeously penned, Toni!❤️


  20. Laura Bloomsbury
    Mar 13, 2017 @ 18:18:14

    echo all of the above – that kite flight away so evocative


  21. kim881
    Mar 13, 2017 @ 18:25:16

    Hey Toni! What a marvellous Quadrille, with spring ‘just a kite flight away’, the full Worm Moon and those shivering plum blossoms.


  22. wolfsrosebud
    Mar 13, 2017 @ 18:52:31

    Cool serenade to the moon


  23. Arcadia Maria
    Mar 13, 2017 @ 20:38:09

    Lovely quadrille.


  24. purplepeninportland
    Mar 13, 2017 @ 23:20:48

    That last line was a painting, Toni. Beautiful poem.


  25. paul scribbles
    Mar 14, 2017 @ 13:10:56

    Delicious writing Toni…the last two lines are stunning…Haiku-like feel to them.


  26. Josslyn Rae Turner
    Mar 14, 2017 @ 13:26:12

    Beautiful imagery!


  27. ZQ
    Mar 17, 2017 @ 16:17:46

    “plum blossoms shiver” a wonderful ending.


  28. Truedessa
    Mar 19, 2017 @ 20:42:06

    I like any poem that mentions the moon and yours is very lovely. I imagine those robins might want to feed on some worms as the ground softens.


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