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CPC “PICK-APART POETRY” WELCOMES SPRING with Frost and Stevenson

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Welcome to the March 2014 Edition of Pick-Apart Poetry

as we welcome Spring in a Pick-Apart Poetry kind of way.

It’s always a joy to spend this time together each month

and we look forward to another opportunity to be creative

and to share with one another.


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This month, in honor of Spring’s arrival,

we feature a couple of very well-known poets

who have welcomed Spring in eloquent and wonderful ways –

a couple of Roberts, in fact –

Robert Frost and Robert Louis Stevenson.


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A PRAYER IN SPRING



Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day;

And give us not to think so far away

As the uncertain harvest; keep us here

All simply in the springing of the year.

Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white,

Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night;

And make us happy in the happy bees,

The swarm dilating round the perfect trees.

And make us happy in the darting bird

That suddenly above the bees is heard,

The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill,

And off a blossom in mid air stands still.

For this is love and nothing else is love,

The which it is reserved for God above

To sanctify to what far ends He will,

But which it only needs that we fulfill.

Robert Frost (1915)

SPRING CAROL


When loud by landside streamlets gush,

And clear in the greenwood quires the thrush,

With sun on the meadows

And songs in the shadows

Comes again to me

The gift of the tongues of the lea,

The gift of the tongues of meadows.

Straightway my olden heart returns

And dances with the dancing burns;

It sings with the sparrows;

To the rain and the (grimy) barrows

Sings my heart aloud—

To the silver-bellied cloud,

To the silver rainy arrows.

It bears the song of the skylark down,

And it hears the singing of the town;

And youth on the highways

And lovers in byways Follows and sees:

And hearkens the song of the leas

And sings the songs of the highways.

So when the earth is alive with gods,

And the lusty ploughman breaks the sod,

And the grass sings in the meadows,

And the flowers smile in the shadows,

Sits my heart at ease,

Hearing the song of the leas,

Singing the songs of the meadows.



Robert Louis Stevenson (from New Poems and Variant Readings, 1918)



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Please select your 25 words from these two pieces

and create a new piece using only those 25 words.

Remember though that those 25 words may be repeated

and tenses changed so you are not limited to a 25-word piece.

Your piece may certainly end up being much,

much longer than 25 words.


We look forward to what we create
and bring to share with one another.


Happy March and Happy Spring!


~Barb and Cherie~


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57 Responses to “CPC “PICK-APART POETRY” WELCOMES SPRING with Frost and Stevenson”

  1. Happy Tuesday Evening and Happy Spring and Welcome to our March “Pick-Apart Poetry” Get-Together. We’re looking forward to sharing what flows from our collective imaginations. While our theme is Spring, please don’t feel limited to that theme alone. We welcome all themes and types of poetry and writing in general. Feel free to share multi-media as well. Looking forward to this time together. :love: :love: :love: and (((HUGS)))

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    Scotorum
    Scotorum Reply:

    Hi Barbara! :groovy: Another educational and timely-themed challenge you have put together for our pick-apart enjoyment! I’ll get to work pickiong and choosing and rearranging! :-D :love:

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    Scotorum
    Scotorum Reply:

    Love your “Nectarines -- Blossom trail” pic too! 8-O :love:

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    Barbara Kausteklis
    Barbara_K Reply:

    Hi there, Scotorum! Welcome to “Pick-Apart” tonight. I can hardly believe it’s almost the end of March already. Looking forward to your piece. I’m working on mine too. :love: :love: :love:

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    Silver Lining
    Silver Reply:

    Beautiful Barb….so beautiful. I know many have been missing Spring this year……and are really looking forward to it!!!!!
    Hello CPC Writers!!!! :love: :love: :love: :love: :love:

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    Barbara Kausteklis
    Barbara_K Reply:

    Hi there, Cherie! Now that Spring has sprung it has gotten a bit cooler here in Southern California. We might even get a few drops of rain tomorrow. I’m not holding my breath about that though. Great to see you and everyone tonight. Looking forward to what we all bring back to share. :love: :love: :love:

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    Scotorum
    Scotorum Reply:

    Ha ha, we get snow overnight. Just enough to coat the ground, but 90 miles east of here they are expecting up to 18 inches. :!:

    Meanwhile my oldest daughter lives in Nevada and has been out jogging in 85 degrees so far this week. :roll:

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    Barbara Kausteklis
    Barbara_K Reply:

    Yikes! Snow . . . . hard to believe but even here in California they’re getting lots of snow in the Sierras right now. I was just out a few minutes ago and felt a few tiny sprinkles. So I’ve already been proven wrong even if that’s all we might end up with. We really do need the rain though. Last week it was hovering around the 90′s . . . . today I don’t think it got above 65 and not one ray of sunshine to be seen.

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    It`s me ~Diane
    di710smiles Reply:

    We woke up with the ground white , too..Just as powder sprinkled giggle Think this past weekend was warm 40 degrees diff. hummm

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    Barbara Kausteklis
    Barbara_K Reply:

    Mother Nature is so very confused . . . .

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    It`s me ~Diane
    di710smiles Reply:

    Awww Happiness shared..Finally have it..Did and it went blank and blank I was about to go giggle…Happy to see you two sisters in heart..Smiles, Love, Hugs :love: :love: :love:

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    Barbara Kausteklis
    Barbara_K Reply:

    Good evening to you, Diane, and welcome back to “Pick-Apart”. We’re so thrilled that you and your beautiful heart are back. :love: :love: :love: and (((HUGS))) to you too.

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    Bettie Davis
    Bettie Reply:

    Hey all great pieces ta pick a part .. Will so see what muse brings .. Hugs .. :love: :love:

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    Barbara Kausteklis
    Barbara_K Reply:

    Good Evening and Welcome to “Pick-Apart” tonight, Bettie! I’m working on mine right now too and looking forward to what you bring back to share. :love: :love: :love: and (((HUGS))) to you too.

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    SPRING PRAYER

    The white nights of the year end!
    Oh Spring days, give us pleasure!
    Make us happy!
    Sanctify and fulfill needs!
    Spring is reserved for harvesting love,
    and nothing else.

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    It`s me ~Diane
    di710smiles Reply:

    Amen …Beautiful Spring Prayer. :love: :love: :love: ..Blessings of Love

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    Barbara Kausteklis
    Barbara_K Reply:

    So very beautiful! Both poetry and photo! Amen indeed. :love: :love: :love:

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    Scotorum
    Scotorum Reply:

    So glad you enjoyed my pickings Diane! :-D :love:

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    Silver Lining
    Silver Reply:

    Beautiful heart Bob….. :love: :love: :love: :love: :love:

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    Scotorum
    Scotorum Reply:

    :oops: you are so sweet Cherie! :love: :love: :love: :love: :love:

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    Silver Lining
    Silver Reply:

    Beautiful Diane…so beautiful…. :love: :love: :love: :love:

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    It`s me ~Diane
    di710smiles Reply:

    Smiles adding know…Beautiful heart you always share Grateful for Happy to be back :love: :love: :love: :love: Hugs

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    Barbara Kausteklis
    Barbara_K Reply:

    So very beautiful — poetry and presentation. Loving this. Amen indeed. We’re so very blessed by those gifts. :love: :love: :love:

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    It`s me ~Diane
    di710smiles Reply:

    Blessings, shared..Grateful hugs..Smiles :love: :love: :love: :love: :love: Thank you Barbara

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    Scotorum
    Scotorum Reply:

    What Cherie said Diane! Ditto! Gorgeously PnPed too! 8-O :!: :love:

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    It`s me ~Diane
    di710smiles Reply:

    Awwww Thank you adding smiles true…Grateful hugs :love: :love: :love: PnP finally third time a charm giggle

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  4. Smile in my heart
    Dancing songs of my youth
    Year to year darting like ghosts

    Spring flowers blossom
    Shadows of love
    Come again to me….

    Cherie c2014

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    It`s me ~Diane
    di710smiles Reply:

    Yes, shadows of love return..Loving this one :love: :love: :love: :love:

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    Silver Lining
    Silver Reply:

    Thank you Diane….. :love:

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    Scotorum
    Scotorum Reply:

    Such a thoughtful composition and so wonderful Cherie~! :-D :love:

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    Barbara Kausteklis
    Barbara_K Reply:

    Precious and poignant poetry. So very beautiful, Cherie! :love: :love: :love:

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    Silver Lining
    Silver Reply:

    Thank You Barb…..Wonderful Blog here Barb!!!!! :love: :love: :love: :love:

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    Silver Lining
    Silver Reply:

    Thank you Bob…. :love: :love:

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  5. Well….those third graders wait for no one….heheheheeh So, to sleep I go….hugs and see everyone in the morning!!!!!

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    It`s me ~Diane
    di710smiles Reply:

    Peaceful dreams …I am going soon Smiles Love & Prayers :love: :love: :love: :love: :love:

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    Scotorum
    Scotorum Reply:

    No they don’t wait, nor do those who teach them -- goodnight Cherie! :groovy: :love:

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    Barbara Kausteklis
    Barbara_K Reply:

    Rest well, Cherie, and have a great day at school tomorrow. :love: :love: :love: and (((HUGS)))

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  6. GRACE

    ~

    Give us pleasure
    And give us not to think
    Keep us here
    Else by day ghosts by night
    Make happy bees
    Perfect trees
    Make us happy darting bird
    Is heard
    This is love
    For God above

    ~

    Written By: Bettie Davis —————————— © March 25 , 2o14

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    It`s me ~Diane
    di710smiles Reply:

    Yes, love for God and Graceful be..bee Happy smiles always with thee,,Love this sis and Grace with stones, true..Smiles * Hugs :love: :love: :love:

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    Barbara Kausteklis
    Barbara_K Reply:

    Another Amen indeed. Thanks so much for helping to put me in a springtime frame of mind. So very beautiful, Bettie! :love: :love: :love:

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    Silver Lining
    Silver Reply:

    Love the Grace that you share Bettie….beautiful… :love: :love: :love:

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    Scotorum
    Scotorum Reply:

    Nice compacting and personalizing of the prayer (((Bettie)))! lovely! :-D :love:

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    WITH SPRING’S RETURN

    My heart smiles
    with the return of spring,
    dancing among the flowers
    as the bees happily dart
    from blossom to blossom
    in the meadows
    and byways
    of my youth.

    (c) barbara kausteklis 3-25-14

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    Silver Lining
    Silver Reply:

    HAPPY SPRING!!!!!

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    Barbara Kausteklis
    Barbara_K Reply:

    :) ) !! And to you too. Good Morning, Cherie! Have a great day at school. :love: :love: :love:

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    Scotorum
    Scotorum Reply:

    Perfect shorty to summarize some of the best of Spring Barbara! :-D :love:

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    Barbara Kausteklis
    Barbara_K Reply:

    Thanks so much, Scotorum! I always do look forward to Spring. Glad to be able to share. :love: :love: :love:

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    It`s me ~Diane
    di710smiles Reply:

    Loving this adding smiles, feeling Spring..Those bees only thing about spring :roll: but, need for honey giggle :love: :love: :love: :love:

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    Barbara Kausteklis
    Barbara_K Reply:

    Thanks so much, Diane! I’m glad to share a bit of springtime on this day when it’s not terribly springlike in so many parts of the country. :love: :love: :love:

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  8. I’m off to dreamland as well. See you in the morning and looking forward to reading over coffee. Good Night and rest well. :love: :love: :love:

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    Scotorum
    Scotorum Reply:

    Hope you slept well Barbara! :-D :love:

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    Barbara Kausteklis
    Barbara_K Reply:

    Thanks so much. An early wake-up today but did sleep pretty well. Hoping this day is a good one for you and for everyone.

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  9. Have a beautiful day everyone…… :love: :love: :love: :love: :love: :love: :love:

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    Barbara Kausteklis
    Barbara_K Reply:

    Thanks so much! You too, Cherie! :love: :love: :love:

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    It`s me ~Diane
    di710smiles Reply:

    Beautiful day, shared …in heart :love: :love: :love: Thank you smiles

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    Barbara Kausteklis
    Barbara_K Reply:

    It was a delight to share and get together in this way. Thanks so much, Diane! :love: :love: :love:

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