Welcoming Spring

Written for:  Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – April Day 30!
“Thirty poems in April:  a final in verbs”  (posted by Bjorn)

Verbs turn the wheels and are so much more interesting than other word classes.

Alas the world of words is filling up with things, we have warehouses filling up with objects. Innate things and passive they sit there, waiting for way to few verbs to put them in action.

But there is a solution called verbing. The word verb is a noun, but verbing a noun turns noun into a verb. You can do the same with almost any noun… just try it.

How do you elevator, firework or butterfly? Or can you say butterflew if it’s over?

Verbing is a great tool for imagery and metaphors too. If we firework is it from rage or in orgasm?

Use your poetic license decide for yourself and play. Take some nouns and use them as verbs and put them into a poem. Unlock all the objects, let them dance, let them swirl.

Swan me a song,
lavender my ears
with robin sonneting.
Spring me, fling me
out of Winter’s
black banshee.
Sun me a sky
of warmth. Sunflower-
shower me withs seeds
of rebirth.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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10 Responses to Welcoming Spring

  1. willow88switches says:

    Wonderful verbing! You’ve captured the desire to climb out of winter’s bed – Black Banshee – that’s awesome – and used the spring fling words so well. Congrats all around and may you be blessed with spring to inspire and delight your purple penning.


  2. I’m swooning already with the first two lines…


  3. sanaarizvi says:

    “Sun me a sky of warmth”.. sigh.. so beautiful!💜


  4. Swan me a song is a great start, though for me it invokes a thought of death… so I’m thinking phoenix world in spring.


  5. Ah, now that’s how to do it!


  6. mhmp77 says:

    Beautiful verbing, Sara! To me it is a new experience of writing which is useful for later!



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