The In-Tension of Spring

Lo and behold, the last of the first week of NaPoWriMo is upon us! Today’s prompt was, and I’m sure you will agree with me, absolutely brilliant:

Go outside. That’s about it. Take a walk, on this lovely Sunday. Or a drive. (Or if it’s not lovely where you are at all, maybe just remember your last good walk or drive). Take along a notebook if you can. Take notes. Maybe take a picture or two. And then sit down in a park or in your yard or on the corner, and write.

So I went and – under the influence of everything that spring has ever meant to me – tried my hand at an adaptation of a traditional Korean poetry form, the sijo. For what it’s worth, here we go:

Magnolias

The magnolias are luring lovers into oblivion
But we’re standing here quietly, heeding miracles no longer.
Will you remember where home is, under dead branches, in winter?

“Magnolia and Moth – Three Blossoms” by Judith K. McMillan
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