Sorrow of Sweet Springtime

Sander Weeks 1993 (Vienna)

April 22 

My sweetheart's off among the flowers young
With springtime's sleepiness and toes still numb
Which grove she's in her soft light feet don't sing
Just speckled clouds and winds which promise rain to bring

An early beetle crash-lands past my face
And I plunge into the woods my heart to pace
March past fresh carnage stacked on flooded ways
Cross new wobbly bridges felled on frosty days

Mud swallowed paths that summer's soles had laid
Then zigzag routs through thicket ruts I made
But thorn from briar hooked into my sole
I pulled it, pain each step and leaking from the hole

Crows called out death for those in burrows held
Where teal into the tawny sod now melds
But thorn then hooked into my soul, behold
The sweetheart drifting in the current's flow of another soul

I heard the cuckoo then, sad harbinger of spring
I saw the bluebells gently waving in the wind
Then I knew, when you lose in love your heart you win

About this poem

The Spring, which brings birdsong, budding flowers, and brighter days, also carries rain, floods, and the vain pursuits of love. Sometimes one cannot help but drift into the sad sleepiness of Springtime.

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Written on March 15, 2022

Submitted by sanderweeks on April 05, 2022

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Closest metre Iambic hexameter
Characters 922
Words 171
Stanzas 5
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 3

Sander Weeks

Sander Weeks is a 29 year old poet working in the tamed wilderness of Central Illinois. Growing up bilingual with German and English and spending parts of his childhood in the mountains of Austria has imbued him with a love of fairy-tales, myths and the wild outdoors. more…

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  • Jewoo525
    Your observations of nature and reflections on it are excellent. I hope you decide to compete again in the near future with more of your work to share, please keep writing.
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