COME SPRING – a valediction by Jean Kay

Day six of National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) – “I challenge you to write a valediction. This is a poem of farewell.”


 Farewell to bare, dead-looking trees,

though I appreciate their true shape.

I look forward to leaves of green

adorning each landscape.


Farewell to long, dark, cold nights,

though I like to snuggle in.

I look forward to bright, cheerful days

and new life that will begin.


Farewell to chilling temperatures,

though snowy days can be fun.

I look forward to being outdoors more

enjoying heat from our sun.


Farewell to birds migrating north,

though I know you’re just passing through.

I look forward to your return in fall

when seeking warmth is what you’ll do


Farewell to wondering what I’ll do,

though I like to sit and ponder.

I look forward to all the joys of spring

and my inner urge to wander.


Jean Kay

April 6, 2013



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A HERON – cinquaim by Jean Kay

For day 5 on NaPoWriMo it is suggested we write a cinquain, which I had not heard of until today. A cinquain is a poem that employs stanzas with five lines. Each line has a certain number of accented or stressed syllables, and a certain number of overall syllables per line. In the “American” cinquain, a form invented by Adelaide Crapsey, the number of stresses per line is 1-2-3-4-1, and the number of syllables is 2-4-6-8-2. So the first line would have two syllables, one stressed and one unstressed. The second line would have four syllables, two of which are stressed, and so on.

Here is my attempt at a cinquain



One day

while on the beach

I spied a blue heron

camouflaged by the tall grasses.

Then gone.


Jean Kay

April 5, 2013


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