As maidens washed their faces in the dew,
at dawn the darling buds of may did grin.
To start the morning bright and fresh and new,
make ready for the coming of the Summer King
and celebrate the summer coming in.
We frolicked in the woods all through the night,
until the early morning birds did sing,
we danced and played and sang til it was light,
to welcome in the summer, bold and bright.
Note from the Author. National Poetry Writing Month is a challenge to write 30 poems in 30 days. It takes place each April and is a great way to get creative with wordplay and throw around some ideas. These poems are put together in such a short time, they are pretty much raw and unedited, and may well be reworked at a later date.
Here is our prompt for 9th April (optional, as always). Because today is the ninth day of NaPoWriMo, I’d like to challenge you to write a nine-line poem. Although the fourteen-line sonnet is often considered the “baseline” form of verse in English, Sir Edmund Spenser wrote The Faerie Queene using a nine-line form of his own devising, and poetry in other languages (French, most particularly) has always taken advantage of nine-line forms. You can find information of various ways of organizing rhyme schemes, meters, etcetera for nine-line works here. And of course, you can always eschew such conventions entirely, and opt to be a free-verse nine-line poet.