Spring: a poetry exercise
The following is an exercise in which I have written the same poem in two different forms: the first example is in free verse and the second is in rhyming form.
through softened earth
and lies in wait
Chasing the icy stragglers away
that cling to the shivering bark,
She laughs and flirts
And beckons the sun to join as she looks for the lark
Inviting the buds of purple and red
To push through the wintry ground,
She bids the sun
Help soften the earth and leave their roots unbound
As rain coasts down bare twigs of brown
And chases the dismal snow
The yawning breezes stretching wide
Scatter the water below
The sun is warm, the wind still chill
But glint of green is seen
Spring's wispy re-awakening
Has tamed the frigid queen
*And yet the widow still laments
As springtime exhibits her mirth
And winter recedes, not wanting to,
Recoiling with spring's rebirth
* ref: Widow's Lament in Springtime by William Carlos Williams
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