the jolly Jonquil blues

Domesticated daffs so chidingly cheerful
shock of the new in a melting landscape
a weepy film indeed for impressionable eyes

Bold brimstone drifts and sexed up yellow
massed bands of trumpeting brass heads
tally-hoing happiness like fox to the hounds

Now in this spongy springiness of season
I feel a pop-bang bounce of enthusiasm
fizzle up with dampened pyrotechnics

Rampant Lenten lilies along solipsistic ways*
dumb-struck blondes of melancholia
resurrect our spirits til death on Easter day

A wealth of mellow is rightful heir to April
sallow shades and primrose, scant sun spotted celandine
vanquished by hyacinth carillons summoning the blues

*Native wild daffodil or  Narcissus pseudonarcissus – fabled to perish at Easter – see Housman’s poem: The Lent Lily

Bringing some mood colour clashes to a very late meeting at the bar which opened early last Thursday with  Irony so tailing in with Open Link Night #193

17 thoughts on “the jolly Jonquil blues

  1. A wondrous way to honour spring…bounces along as the title suggests it should..here it’s gone all chilly again and I wonder if winter has really passed.

    1. so true but the sight of daffs gives me the blues – they seem to jolly me along too fast for the change of season – perhaps you are transitioning better north of the border 😉

  2. this was a beautiful read out loud poem Laura – I felt the bounce in your words, bobbing along the lines and dipping with graceful beauty. Spring brings out the best in everyone it seems!

    1. glad you read it out loud – I try to keep some sort of rhythm and did wonder if this was too disjointed although that is part of the effect of irony – pulls us up short!

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