Show

Crocuses, snowdrops,
primroses and daffodils.
Delicate spring show.

Forecast

Grey sky, drizzling rain.
The forecast gives more to come,
but look; daffodils!

Green Shoots

Walking around the garden
what do I see?
The trees may still be bare but:
green shoots of daffodils appear
and snowdrops show their first white tips.
Hope of Spring is near.

In My Garden

Garden daffodils

Garden daffodils

A sudden profusion
of golden daffodils
greet the spring sunshine
in my garden.

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Welcome Sign

On the roadside verge
a single clump of golden daffodils
looks towards the midday sun —
a welcome sign of things to come.

Sweet Treats?

Crow pecks at
fallen daffodil bloom.
Finding something to eat?

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I have probably mentioned before that we have a lovely grassy bank on the other side of the road opposite our house. It boasts several trees and in the spring it has a wonderful display of daffodils. From time to time I go and pick up those that have been broken off, giving them a chance of a slightly longer life by putting them in a vase of water. I collected a few this morning but left one that was beyond hope on the ground. Later when I went out I noticed a crow pecking at it and appearing to eat. I had no idea crows exhibited this sort of behaviour and wonder what it was eating!

Golden

Snowdrops
fade away.
Crocus bloom brightly.
Daffodils prepare to shine,
golden.

Weather-Beaten

Weather-beaten daffodils
gathered from the roadside
smiling brightly from their vase.

They lift my spirits despite
a head-cold sapping my energy.

The Sun

The sun turns her face
behind grey clouds and weeps
to see the daffodils fade away.

White cherry blossom pom-poms
waving in the breeze call
her back to smile again.

Spring Englyn

Snowdrops now their dainty heads show, green stems
extend through cloak of snow.
Signs of Spring; we watch them grow.

Following soon come tulips fair, and bold
gold daffodils bloom where
now the ground is dark and bare.

The seasons are changing, the sun returns
and warms the earth, to shun
Winter’s grip; her battle won.

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Whilst looking for something else on the Internet I came across the Englyn form. This is, I understand, an old Bardic poetic form and I thought it would be fun to try to write one. As you can see the form consists of  3-line stanzas. It is a syllable counting form with lines of 10, 6 and 7 syllables respectively. That’s the easy bit!

The rhyme pattern requires end rhymes of AAA. However, (and this is where it gets complicated) the end rhyme of the first line isn’t actually at the end; it can be one, two or three syllables in from the end and the sound of the syllables after the rhyming word are echoed at the beginning of the following line.

You will see I have cheated a bit here, my echoes are not exact, making use of near rhymes and slant rhymes – green stems/extend (Stanza 1),  returns/and warms (stanza 3) and missing out one element in stanza 2 – and bold/gold.

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