They’ve taken the lights down today –
folded up Christmas and put it away
Lampposts are bare for the rest of the year,
somehow sad, yet happy
that winter is passing.

Early sunshine tempts me to risk
a stroll around the village.
The breeze is brisk, but hatted and scarfed
down to and up to the eyes,
I sally forth with Nordic sticks.

Beside the green path,
nascent primroses still hide their heads
in crinkled green rosettes. Further into dappled shade
shrinking flowers no longer shrink:
purple stars of violets parade their beauty, unashamed.

I turn towards home and pass the school,
hear the cries of prisoners, authorised
to run and shout and swoop about
on scooters, tricycles and bicycles.
It’s time for exercise and glee: Recré*

*Recreation in France or as we knew it, break.                                   © Vivienne Blake 4.2.14

 Written for Open Link Night at dVerse Poets’ Pub.

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19 Responses to Ramblings

  1. atrm61 says:

    “folded up Christmas and put it away”-wow!And my most fav lines-“nascent primroses still hide their heads
    in crinkled green rosettes. Further into dappled shade
    shrinking flowers no longer shrink:
    purple stars of violets parade their beauty, unashamed.”Beautiful!Loved the gleeful ending too:-)


  2. poetrypea says:

    What a lovely picture of a premature spring. Beautifully written.


  3. Mohana says:

    Spring is here! Such pretty imagery 🙂


  4. How wonderful that you are out and about walking Viv! So many playful lines in your poem… spring is still a bit in the distance for us, another foot of snow today.


  5. Good to hear you are out moving about.. and such bliss to have a little spring coming your way…


  6. Bodhirose says:

    Such sweet observations. Spring is my favorite time of year even though sometimes can’t tell it from summer around here. Loved the last stanza regarding those prisoners!


  7. MarinaSofia says:

    Sounds like my part of the world, Viv – I’d love to take a walk with you and listen to your humorous, tender observations (Nordic sticks or not). Lovely! (But I hope we’ll get some more snow yet over here…)


  8. It great to feel hints of spring. Enjoyed this.


  9. jaybluepoems says:

    Very nice – the hint of spring witnessed behind the February chill…


  10. lupitatucker says:

    the prisoners, lol that is what I equate them to also … smiles


  11. brian miller says:

    ha. its nice to be out….to have the weather warming and winter slipping on by…it makes one feel alive…as do the children out playing as well…smiles.


  12. catterel says:

    Such a forward.looking optimistic post! Envy you the violets – but I noticed our snowdrops are starting to fatten up at the top of the stem, and the camellia is full of buds.


  13. This really paints the picture of that wonderful time when just the bare rpomise of spring emerges but you still need to bundle up. Magical, really


  14. This was lovely, like a walk about! Please keep my picture safe till I can return for it. We likely won’t be back to Trelly till March some time.


  15. colonialist says:

    Though Christmas has been put away, there still seems some good cheer from the released prisoners!


  16. Misky says:

    Completely charming, Viv, and I am so pleased to know that you have taken up your walking sticks again. A good sign.


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