SOL 17: Seasons on the Brink

One of the most satisfying benefits of joining fellow writers in this month of Slicing is the cross pollination of ideas. One person’s writing sparks and idea in another and so on. The chain is really never ending. This morning, my friend Margaret Simon was inspired by Naomi Shihab Nye’s statement that “nothing is to small to notice.” She noticed the light of spring and wrote a stunning poem full of “the slant of light.” This reminded me of a quick glimpse of shadows I had the other day as I drove past a patch of woods. Here, in honor of the first full day of spring and World Poetry Day, is the poem my noticing inspired.

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Season on the Brink

Shadows lumber,
crisscrossing soft winter snow,
a maze of light and dark.
Patches of soil emerge,
inhaling a deep breath of
exhaling the rich scent
of earth,
full of life
stirring and squirming,
restless for

© Catherine Flynn, 2017

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10 thoughts on “SOL 17: Seasons on the Brink

  1. I take lots of shadow pictures, and love each one for its capture of the real. This is beautiful, Catherine. Love that “stirring and squirming”. Hope you’re feeling better!

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  2. Shadows are just as fascinating as the light that causes them, crisscrossing our path, like the path of our poems. I know a poet who once wrote call and response poems with another poet friend by email. Maybe we should consider a project like this with our nature noticings in different parts of the country?

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  3. What a beautiful thought, “cross pollination of ideas,” about SOL. Love: “inhaling a deep breath of
    waking,” That truly is spring!

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