Poetry Friday: “Crocus”

poetryfridaybutton-fulllI’m guessing this will be the last poem I feature from my winter-themed collection of children’s poetry; with April (National Poetry Month!) just around the corner, winter is definitely behind us.

I wrote this last year, specifically because I wanted a poem that would serve as an appropriate end to my manuscript.  Aside from the fact that the collection is all about winter, I organized the poems chronologically, starting with one about trees losing their leaves, moving on to the holidays, through January and February, and finally concluding with the promise of spring. I thought a crocus would be the perfect image for the two competing seasons, considering it often grows through snow…so I hope you like it!

Mary Lee and Franki at A Year of Reading are today’s Poetry Friday hostesses – so pop on over and see what else is happening in the kidlitosphere!


When winter’s winds are on the wane
And sunshine warms young April days,
When snow gives way to slushy rain
The crocus springs anew.

While crouching ‘neath the frosty crust,
On tender bended stem it prays
To fend off one more crushing gust
And melt the frozen dew.

© 2013 Matt Forrest Esenwine


By the way, speaking of National Poetry Month, I’ll be participating in Irene Latham’s 2013 ‘Progressive Poem’ at Live Your Poem.  No, it has nothing to do with politics – it’s a poem that will start with one blogger on April 1 (Amy Ludwig VanDerwater) and travel from blog to blog each day, with each blogger adding a new line to the poem. By the end of the month, we’ll have a completed poem!  (I’ll be adding the third line to the poem on April 3 – so please check back, and follow along with all the bloggers!)

I’ll also be featuring poetry in all of my April blog posts (each Tue. and Fri.), so I hope you’ll join me.  Remember, if you subscribe to this blog you’ll always be notified when a new post has made made!

30 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: “Crocus”

  1. Let’s really hope winter is behind us — especially for you folks up in New England! I’m sending some strong melting juju up your way.

    Lovely poem, Matt. I’ll mention your April poetry offerings in my Kidlit PM Roundup. :)


  2. Hi, Matt. My mother always grew crocuses. They (and snowdrops) were our first sign of spring. My favorite line — for its sense of longing — is: “On tender bended stem it prays.”


  3. I love this poem, Matt. And I saw the very first purple crocus in the yard today! I really needed that promise of spring so your poem is very timely in a personal way. Great alliteration and rhythm from the beginning. What a lovely image to think of that crocus “on tender bended stem it prays.” Superb.


    1. Thank you, Joyce! I always see them bent over when the sprouts are first breaking through the ground, and it just seemed like what they’re doing. Looking forward to emps in the 50’s this weekend!


  4. Matt,
    Thank you for sharing your crocus poem. Sure wish I could send you some of our warm weather. I’ll look forward to seeing your line on Day 3 of Irene Latham’s progressive poem.


  5. Lovely poem, Matt. My crocuses are still crouching ‘neath the frosty crust (although I saw the first buds today.) Not sure where you live, but we’re supposed to have SNOW again on Sunday night, so you might have time for one more winter poem!


    1. Thank you both! Ruth, as I mentioned to Joyce above, it really looks like what they’re doing when the first start pushing up from the ground, through the frost…and I can certainly understand why! And Buffy, I’m in NH…and I have to say, I’m thrilled we’re expecting sunshine and temps in the 50’s through Monday! Woo-HOOO!


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  7. What I like here is the slightly old-fashioned diction–I wrote a similar poem for Pumpkin Butterfly called “April Gale.” (Also have my own crocus poem in Squeeze, called “Launch.”) It’s fun sometimes to go for a less modern register. My favorite line is “fend off one more crushing gust.”


  8. It’s a beautiful poem, Matt, a real promise isn’t it? And the photo shows they have such hardiness. I’m in a new home this spring, so surprises have been peeking through all week, since the last snow. We’ve had great weather & then Monday back cold again. Ah-h, it’s April Fool’s Day! Thanks for a good spring fling!


  9. amyludwigvanderwater

    Such a beautiful poem, so perfect for today in Western New York. Your crocus and Mary Lee’s hyacinth should be friends. Thank you, Matt!


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