Earth and Arbor Day

Another rondeau for my poetry reading next week. This one is a 10 syllable rondeau to counter “Snow Will Not Stay.”


Welcome April with Earth and Arbor Day
Where the air is fresh and gloom melts away!
Cherish this chance to welcome life renewed
Fresh leaves on the trees. See mama bird’s brood
Celebrate in the grand springtime soiree.


Dig in the dirt. Plant along the parkway.
Listen to the movement as the trees sway.
Go swim or fish, if you think that is good.
Earth and Arbor Day.


Be aware and take care! Earth wants to say,
“Human stewards care for me. I’m a-okay.”
Not, “These jerks messed things up. I’m really screwed.”
We should adopt a caring attitude.
In gratitude and honest care, array
Earth and Arbor Day.



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