Cherry Blossoms (NaPoWriMo 2017-Day 5)

“…our prompt for Day Five (as always, the prompt is optional). In honor of Mary Oliver’s work, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that is based in the natural world: it could be about a particular plant, animal, or a particular landscape. But it should be about a slice of the natural world that you have personally experienced and optimally, one that you have experienced often. Try to incorporate specific details while also stating why you find the chosen place or plant/animal meaningful.”


Each year when holidays

Are packed away

Drear winter dark descends

Draped ’round me, cape of clouds weighs

Heavy… faith cart must be pushed uphill

But I press on—like barnacles, cling

In perseverance…my reward soon comes


I live for their return

First glimpse of rosy buds, perhaps

An eager flower here and there

I raise blinds high, for in mere days

The petals pop like corn

Pale pink blooms multiply fast

Take over every branch

Blessing, balm on prickly soul

(Such profusion obscures riffraff)

I walk beneath grand canopy

Million blossoms, edge-rippled lacy

Translucent tissue, babe-angel wings

Surely, it is Spring!

Slowly I stroll to pick up mail

Feeling like princess, fairly tale

My eyes gather blooms from every tree

For brief is the season cherry…

When storms, destructive, rudely come

Winds and rain send fluttering

Down, small delicate cherished flowers

But with heartfelt appreciation, they

On ground, a royal carpet lay

That I’ll step silent upon dew-dampened

Graceful sheer pink “snowflakes” drifted…

My heart o’er flows with gratitude

Chilly months’ moody doldrums

Gone…by cherry trees are lifted

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Spring Paints

I learned of a poetry form, the Rictameter, through Linda J Wolff, the author of  Below is an additional link for the form, with specific instructions regarding lines and syllables.


Spring paints

With winter’s rain

Water color pastels

Cherry blossom’s pink mini-lights

Will flourish, then fall pale like different snow

Seasonal patterns ebb, fast flow

Heart’s canvas ripples, drips

Hold brush steady

Spring paints

© R L Cadillac, 2017 ~ All rights reserved.


Rictameter is a scheme similar to Cinquain. Starting your first line with a two syllable word, you then consecutively increase the number of syllables per line by two. i.e. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 Then down again, 8, 6, 4, 2 Making the final line the same two syllable word you began with.


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