Welcome to Day 5 and a brand new week, the first week of April! Spring is abundantly beautiful, showing up in Red Buds in full bloom no, and following close by the opening of our Ozark Dogwood blooms soon.

Today’s prompt offered by the National Poetry Month’s Page, NaPoWriMo.net is to write a poem of your own modeling it after a poem and author you select!

Find a poem, and then write a new poem that has the shape of the original, and in which every line starts with the first letter of the corresponding line in the original poem. If I used Roethke’s poem ( using this poem by Theodore Roethkeas) Using this model poem, for example, the first line would start with “I,” the second line with “W,” and the third line with “A.” And I would try to make all my lines neither super-short nor overlong, but have about ten syllables.

Example from RoethkeI’s poem showing first 3 lines:

I knew a woman, lovely in her bones = I
When small birds sighed, she would sigh back at them = W
Ah, when she moved, she moved more ways than one = A

I have selected one of my favorite poets, Mary Oliver’s poem, “A Thousand Mornings!”

All night my heart makes its way

however it can over rough ground

of uncertainties, but until night 

meets and then is overwhelmed by

morning, the light deepening, the

wind easing and just waiting, as I

too wait (and when have I ever been

disappointed?) for the redbird to sing.

My writing:

At first I only hear a whispered bird call as I wait to begin
heavy rains, lighting flashes, growling thunder and gusts of wind move through
over the mountains flashes of light show me quick glances of earthen surroundings
morning continues to break with a soft blue glow in the eastern skies
morning becomes holy blue and I begin another new day
with a spring time storm scrubbing clean the ladden air and
the smell of rain remains held in the air as a fresh new scent the
day explodes and returns with a bird song in the pink glow of a red bud spring
An Ozark Redbud Spring!