CONVERSATION OF POEMS
Herald of Spring
No, not the cuckoo although, yes,
we fancied we heard one just now, over the field.
Snowdrops maybe? Plucky little plants, they unfold
their immaculate gowns with a “hey look at us!”
Everywhere we see the colours of winter:
flint church, moss on the gravestones, the yews,
and the drift of spent leaves – all so subdued
until these starbursts make us stop in wonder.
And look at you, little lass,
as you go skipping among the white petals
in your blue coat with the pink buttons,
now turning to beam at us
with your big dazzling smile – you, at the portals
of spring, all birdsong and blossom.
It’s early for the cuckoo but the air is full of birdsong
Notes, invisible, caught in the bare branches of a tree,
singing spring spring spring
You lie there, little dog,
thankful for the sun,
your white-booted paws,
elegantly folded one on the other.
All around winter gives way
to purple crocus
boldly nuzzling up
through yesterday’s woebegone remains.
You lift your muzzle, turning white,
to greet the lady with her cane,
she too in her autumn years,
as she bends down to pluck a flower.
Your gaze is hopeful
as you and she, saying adieu to winter,
welcome one more spring.
5 thoughts on “Spring”
What a meeting of minds! Such complementarity! At first, while only listening, I could not tell which poetâs words I was hearing. I was thrown off by the âblue coat with the pink buttonsââ details that had an Erika-esque feel about them. But when Teahâs âHere I am!â emerged, all became clear. Her photo and the words of you two poets are perfect for those of us in the still-chilly Northeast, as we impatiently await âspring spring spring.â
Erika Your relationship with Looker is wonderfully captured in these poems—I wonder if there is a word for the literary device of “conversation of poems?”
❤️ J Sent from my iPhone
Thanks so much Erika for posting our ‘conversation’ – seeing and hearing our two poems together brings extra life to each of them. And best wishes to you on a bright Spring morning! I’m about to repost on my own blog for others to enjoy.
These two poems work so well together!