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One must make a distinction however: when dragged into prominence by half poets, the result is not poetry, nor till the autocrats among us can be “literalists of the imagination”—above insolence and triviality and can present for inspection, imaginary gardens with real toads in them, shall we have it.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Speaking for Spring’s Stillborn Sprouts

Greetings, dear Toads. Welcome to the third day of our Poems in April challenge.

Some weeks ago, people were absolutely delighted about the freakishly warm weather dancing around the Northeast region of the US. I won’t lie—I, too, smiled at the feeling of spring in the middle of winter. But after speaking to a few friends who grow fruit trees, my smiles vanished. They are worried about the effects the unseasonably warm weather will have on their trees.  
Flower buds damaged by the cold.

I’ve been thinking about the exchange quite a bit, wondering what the barren plants might be feeling, who would be on the receiving end of their sense of loss and outrage, what they might say if they could speak to us…

So, for today’s challenge, I invite you to write a new poem from the point of view of a grieving plant whose sprouts were just killed as a result of climate change.

“Empty Balaton tart cherry buds.”
image borrowed from
Good Fruit Grower

Feed Mr. Linky with the direct link to your poem. Visit other Toads. Be good to a plant or three.

17 comments:

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Loved the prompt, Magaly ❤️ sharing my poem '(when there bled) a red rose' hope you like it. Getting ready to go to work, will be back later to read and comment. Happy Monday y'all❤️

grapeling said...

I went a different direction, Magaly ~

Kim Russell said...

Good morning, Magaly! I decided to write from the perspective or my poorly plum. She is next to a quince, which does blossom quite well but has very few fruits. I feel sorry for them, as the apple trees seem to be just fine. Thanks for the prompt!

Kerry O'Connor said...

Hmmm.. this forced me to think outside the box.
Thanks, Magaly.

Marian said...

Wonderful!

Susie Clevenger said...

A wonderful prompt Magaly...

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

I wrote TO the fruit trees, as the plants of my garden (collectively).

hedgewitch said...

Great prompt, and I grabbed this chance to use your form as well Magaly. Thanks for both.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

PS I need to go to bed now, so will be back to read others in my morning.

Magaly Guerrero said...

I just finished reading the first round, and wow, my heart feels tender. I won't hide that some of you made me cry... and gave me hope.

paulscribbles said...

Just in...wee addition made...interesting prompt....lots of reading and commenting to catch up on.

De said...

Thankful for this inspiration today, Magaly. Thank you!

angieinspired said...

well, this got a little weird. combining prompts does that

Mama Zen said...

Thanks for the inspiration, Magaly!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

OH! MY! GOODNESS! This is a prompt that really speaks to me. (I even feel all ouchy pulling carrots from the garden, lol.) Wonderfully imaginative, Magaly! Yay!

brudberg said...

I went brief... I will return later to read and comment... it's bedtime here.

Magaly Guerrero said...

Thank you for your poetry, everyone. I've gone back for second readings, and well... some of your poems are even more powerful the second time around.