Spring Forecast

Tiny coal-black fists raised on naked twigs
threaten to open into purple Fraxinus blossom:

if the ash before the oak,
then we’ll surely have a soak.

But then I spot a haze of ginger Quercus buds,
an Easter bonnet veil around grey branches:

if the oak before the ash,
then we’ll only have a splash.

Kim M. Russell, 2017

Images found on Alamy and Pinterest

My response to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads Flash 55 PLUS!

This Sunday Kerry has brought us the Flash 55 Challenge! The rules of this prompt have not changed: Write a piece of poetry or prose on a subject of our choice in precisely 55 WORDS. 


14 thoughts on “Spring Forecast

  1. The idea of buds ‘threatening’ to open made me smile – also like the way you have included the adage. It puts one in mind of the countryside, where rhythms are aligned to natural cycles of seasons and weather.

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