This poem combines just two of Muri’s prompts; it’s the best I can do considering what’s left.

2.  Write a poem about the changing seasons
7.  Write a Quatern

The following piece hums happily along as winter turns to spring.  It is
a “non-traditional” quatern—a few of the syllables are missing and the line that moves through the stanzas is close but not identical.  I have added internal rhymes just for fun.  What can I say?  Creativity doesn’t always stay within the lines.


Humming, humming, earth is humming
Soft vibrations wake creation
Dormant grass shoots up en masse
Greening blades in countless shades

Keen homeowners start their motors
Humming, humming, engines humming
Mowers growling, tillers plowing
Jostling beds of sleepyheads

Bulbs awaken, breaking open
From each womb, a brilliant bloom
Humming, humming, flowers humming
Pistils, stamens, sweet libations

Bold prospectors seeking nectar
smell perfume and zoom, zoom, zoom
from their hives in overdrive
Humming, humming, life is humming

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14 thoughts on “WHAT’S THAT NOISE?

  1. Tippy Gnu April 24, 2019 / 8:04 am

    I feel some Spring Fever coming on, after reading this. It’s very accurate, as this time of year the weeds keep everyone busy, and the nice weather makes the outdoors irresistible.

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    • Just Joan April 24, 2019 / 9:24 am

      Me, too, Tippy. The weather has been perfect for having the windows open, high 60’s and breezy. I literally hear the neighborhood humming. I’m typically more of a houseplant, an indoorsman, but even I can’t resist appreciating the tulips and daffodils, hanging out a load or two of laundry, throwing a tennis ball or Frisbee for the dogs. 🙂

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  2. snoozing on the sofa April 24, 2019 / 9:00 am

    I like it! Especially the part where you break the rules and rationalize it by calling it “non-traditional”. I’m gonna try that at work.”It was a non-traditional expenditure of company funds.”

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    • Just Joan April 24, 2019 / 9:32 am

      Poets are kind of notorious for breaking rules. Who else is perfectly happy with Chinese take-out for Thanksgiving dinner? As for creative expenditures at work, spin it any way you want. If Trump can get away with everything he has, I think you’re entitled to spend a few extra company bucks on a nicer stapler or an upgrade on your room at Comfort Inn. Go for it. 🙂


  3. joyroses13 April 24, 2019 / 10:19 am

    Took a walk early this morning. Love this time of year and this poem fits perfectly, life “hums” with spring in the air! 😉

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    • Just Joan April 24, 2019 / 2:28 pm

      Thanks, JR. I take a walk every day, the dogs won’t have it any other way. Spring’s hum is something you feel as much as hear, a harmonic vibration tuned to your inner self. 🙂


  4. murisopsis April 24, 2019 / 8:29 pm

    Ah. This is lovely! I am especially impressed with the internal rhymes – you make my poetry look like leftovers!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Just Joan April 24, 2019 / 9:20 pm

      Thanks, Muri. The roving refrain started out as “humming, humming, humming, humming.” The little variations made it less monotonous. A few of the internal rhymes were organic, and I thought, hey, maybe I could do that with every line. Your poetry is well-written and beautiful! Leftovers, my a**. FYI: at my house, there are no leftovers; instead, we have “deja food.” 🙂


    • Just Joan April 30, 2019 / 4:29 pm

      Sorry I couldn’t satisfy all four remaining prompts with one poem, it just wasn’t logistically possible. I do love the humming of spring. 🙂


  5. Quirky Girl May 2, 2019 / 6:56 pm

    Your poem conjures up an idyllic spring day. I love the beautiful blossoming of this season, when everything seems to literally spring back to life.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Just Joan May 3, 2019 / 1:03 pm

      Thanks, Quirky. In my world, spring hums, summer sweats, autumn rustles, and winter sleeps. I love the unfurling of spring but autumn is my hands-down favorite. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • Quirky Girl May 3, 2019 / 7:34 pm

        I love autumn, too! The tree with all their color-changing leaves is incredibly stunning and majestic…

        Liked by 1 person

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