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Wednesday, January 9, 2013


Hear the golden daffodil.
Yellow horn with little frill,
Trilling, trilling,
Heralding spring.

   I went searching for a pretty picture I have of blooming daffodils, but I couldn't find it.  RATS!!!  But look what I did find, a minute poem.  I wrote a whole series of minute poems once about things in my garden, I couldn't find a publisher for it at that time.  A minute poem is a fun form since it has only 60 syllables.  Three stanzas, 8 syllables in the first line and 4 in each of the next three lines.


Yellow jonquils bend in the wind
bowing their heads
flower trumpets
heralding spring.

King Alfred daffodils swaying
lift their bright cups
to the sunshine,
a song playing.

Yellow and green, orange and white,
smell the fragrance.
Winter is gone
springtime delight.

So you guessed it, your challenge today is to try writing your own minute poem.  Do have fun with this one while I try finding that picture, I know I have it somewhere.  Time to get organized.


  1. You must be already looking ahead for spring, Joy. This is lovely. I'll try to "find a minute" for a poem later today!

    1. Yes, I am looking forward to spring. While the rest of the country seems to be having warmer than normal weather (I understand Chicago hasn't had snow yet this winter.) Tucson has been having unusually cold weather. We've had the Christmas lights on our citrus trees every night this week to keep them warm and this weekend it is supposed to be in low 20's with a high of 40, so we'll have to cover our plants, even the cactus to keep them from freezing to death.
      Good luck writing your poem.

  2. Joy,
    I love daffodils! Thanks for the reminder of lovely bulbs in bloom soon to come. I had a 1st grade student who thought spring was here today. It felt like it.

  3. Love your trilling daffodil, Joy! (And you post reminds me of - Wordsworth's, wasn't it? - "Daffodils." Something to look forward to for sure! (They're the first bit of color here come spring, which our poor yard might think is coming mid-winter with the weekend forecast here, too!)

    1. Daffodils were a favorite when I lived in NC. Every fall we would put a bushel of bulbs in to enjoy in the spring. My husband and I got very good at using the auger on a drill to make the holes and then throw the bonemeal in the hole with the big bulbs we'd order from Tierra Ciela Farms. We would buy the mixed bushel and some would come up with pink centers, some were pistachio color, every kind of combination of yellow, white and orange. It was a beautiful sight.