Shadows Break for Spring

And in the after of dreams
do you whisper why,
as purple shadows hover,
drift, shift, slide, and sigh?
Death-doused year passes,
robins come again, pinked dawn
sings—hope comes, hands clasped

we embrace, sun’s soft shimmer
attracts gathered gulls,
to hear mockingbird perform–
warbles and chatter.
Cruelty of spring
comes in remembrance–lives lost—
but still—daffodils.

For dVerse, Grace has asked us to write a seguidilla.

“The Seguidilla is:
• stanzaic, written in any number of 2 part septets. (7 lines)
• syllabic, 7-5-7-5 : 5-7-5 per line. There is a slight pause between L4 and L5 suggesting L4 should be end-stopped.
• rhymed by assonance xAxABxB or xAxABAB. x being unrhymed. True rhyme is generally not used.
• composed with a volta or change in thought between L4 and L5.
• sometimes serves as a conclusion for another verse.”

Yesterday was the anniversary of the declaration of the current pandemic. Last April my mom died of Covid, the same week one of our cats died. But I’m feeling hope in the air with vaccinations and spring weather. Yesterday, our first daffodil of the season bloomed. This morning, I heard a mockingbird putting on quite a concert.

43 thoughts on “Shadows Break for Spring

  1. Merrill, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother last year.

    Your poem here is beautiful and intricate, capturing life and death … and in between the beauty of the natural world reassuringly there to comfort and console us. I’m glad you got the hear the chorus of birds, see the daffodils. Hugs xx

  2. I am so sorry to read about your mother. We are still here waiting for the early blooms.

    I love the volta of your septets: Death-doused year passes, and Cruelty of spring. There is a little bit of death, when life comes. I can’t wait for the sounds of birds in spring as well as those tiny buds.

  3. I remember your posts about your mom and your cat and what a sad, dark time that was. Is it ironic that we’re on the edge of spring at the same time vaccinations are finally coming to more people? Both bring so much hope, as does your poem. xoxo

  4. I am so deeply sorry for your loss, Merril 😦 this is such a gorgeous poem. I resonate with; “Cruelty of spring comes in remembrance.”

  5. A lot of people have lost their loved ones, ‘death doused year’ and I am so sorry for yours’…
    Your poem sparks a sprit of hope and it’s beautiful❤️

  6. I am so very sorry for the loss of your mother. This past year has been a time like no other…and yet, as you so beautifully remind us in your poem, the daffodils are blooming and the birds are singing! We will carry on, placing one foot in front of the other. How blessed we are with the beauty that surrounds us in the springtime. The ‘pink dawn’ you speak of, is upon us.

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