Spring Bulb Moment

Almost out of dates, out of steam
Running near to tomorrows’ year.
Nights have nudged daylight
Into tight time slots. After the Fall
The herbaceous lie naked
Evergreens persist in modesty.
And resting on laurels awhile
gardeners smile at what abides
inside half-buried bulbs.

 Just 44 words for Lisa's quadrille prompt: Abide

49 thoughts on “Spring Bulb Moment

  1. I like the sounds in the phrase “Nights have nudged daylight / Into tight time slots.” Also, the description of evergreen trees as persistently modest is great!

  2. This is breathtakingly beautiful, Laura! 💝 I so love “Evergreens persist in modesty.” Yes! 🙂

  3. I love the alliteration, allusion, and enjambment you used (had to look at my cheat sheet to remember the terms!) Written by a true gardener, I love your characterizations of:
    “The herbaceous lie naked
    Evergreens persist in modesty.”
    And the smile of what abides.
    Wonderful poem, Laura ❤

  4. I so enjoyed your spring bulb moment, Laura! I love the way the opening lines are slow, like a train blowing its steam as it arrives in a station, and then speed up as your quadrille moves towards the final lines and the thought of spring – it made me smile, just like the gardeners – and the wordplay in:
    ‘the herbaceous lie naked
    Evergreens persist in modesty.
    And resting on laurels awhile’.

  5. So much to love here, Laura. I liked the tight time spots, and that use of Fall with its biblical overtones. Lovely.

    Sometimes a quadrille seems to pack in far more thatn 44 words’ worth of ideas.

  6. Well done Laura! Yes, the farmer knows what is in that bulb. My bulbs are having a hard time abiding in the ground and are starting to push through!! They will have to do some serious abiding until spring!

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