Welcome to the first Poetry Friday of National Poetry Month! Today’s post is my response to my critique group’s monthly prompt. This month, Linda Mitchell challenged the Sunday Night Swaggers to
See something in many ways, then write a poem patterned after Pat Schneider’s ‘The Moon Ten Times.’
The object and the number of different views was our choice.
Today’s poem is also the second poem in my NPM project, Writing Wild. Susan Fenimore Cooper is the second author featured in Writing Wild: Women Poets, Ramblers, and Mavericks Who Shape How We See the Natural World. Like Dorothy Wordsworth, Susan Fenimore Cooper is remembered mainly in relation to her famous father, James Fenimore Cooper. Also like Dorothy Wordsworth, she was a fine writer and is considered to be “America’s first nature writer.”
Rural Hours, Susan Fenimore Cooper’s best know work, captures the daily rhythms of the natural world in early-nineteenth century Cooperstown, NY. Her entry for March 22nd describes “the return of the robins.” Since returning robins are still a sure sign of spring, I took this line for the title of a week’s worth of observations of this beloved bird.
“The Return of the Robins”
Flash of red
against blue sky:
the robins have returned!
A riot of robins patrol
dormant hay fields:
the borderland between
winter and spring.
Adorned in feathers fine as silk,
round red breasts
reflect the morning sun.
fill the dawn
with their winsome refrain:
Cheer-up, cheer-up, cheer-up
Scavenger of sticks
filled with a trove of turquoise eggs:
promises for tomorrow.
Draft, © 2021 by Catherine Flynn
Please visit my fellow Swaggers to read their responses to Linda’s challenge:
Then head over to Mary Lee’s blog, A Reading Year, for the Poetry Friday Roundup and more NPM celebrations!