Tuesday, May 8, 2018

DMC: "Spring" by Janice Scully


It’s coming, coming
slow as snails—
See the snowdrifts melt
in tiny trails?

Each day the ice grows
weak and thin.
Go ‘round the lake,
or else fall in.

Mud on shoes
and on our floor.
Friends ride scooters
to the store.

No more coats.
Children sing.
Jump ropes thump—
It’s early Spring.

© 2018 Janice Scully. All rights reserved.

Click HERE to read this month's interview with Julie Fogliano. She has challenged us to stare out the window and write a poem about what we see. You might even consider writing something down every day for a week:
At the end of the week, read through what you wrote and write your favorite bits on a separate piece of paper. I bet there will be a poem in there somewhere… see if you can find it.  – J. F.
Leave your poem on our May 2018 padlet. While some contributions will be featured as daily ditties this month, all contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration on Friday, May 25th, and one lucky participant will win a personalized copy of her stunning new picture book from Roaring Brook Press:


  1. I love the specificity of your poem, Janice. From the trails of melted snow to the thump of the jump rope, what a pleasant view outside your window!

    1. Thank you for posting this. It made my day to see it and it feels good to share it.

  2. Slow as snails...exactly right! Love this, Janice!

  3. There are indeed 'wonders' outside the windows, Janice. You've shown them! Lovely celebratory poem!

  4. very nice. No rope jumping here. No kids even playing outside. So sad on such a nice, spring day.

  5. Sounds very familiar, Janice. But hooray our spring is here. Nice poem! Kids can definitely relate.
    Janet F.

  6. Lovely poem, Janice. I particularly like the opening lines. Thanks.

  7. What I mean is the waiting for spring since we live so close to each other! Cheers.

  8. So real to this year love the rhyme in this and how we can all relate to your words as if looking out our own window wail reading your poem

  9. I just discovered it was posted today! Thank you all for reading and your lovely comments. I'm so excited for Spring.