Spring Senses – The In Just Spring Contest

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Yellow Wellies

Yellow Wellies

The Contest:  Write a children’s story, in poetry or prosemaximum 350 words. The story must be about something that really says “SPRING” to you and the only other requirement is that the last line must be “[Character Name] knew Spring was really here!” or “[Character Name] knew Spring was here at last!” Just for fun, I went with a concept story for this contest, in verse.


Yellow wellies  414835_143060439157055_295310192_o

pulled on tight,

Jake sets off for

morning hike.


Skipping through his413485_3386306411276_298626436_o

leafy ‘hood –

lilac posies,

bluebell wood.

April shower

sprinkling dew.

Umbrella up,

march on through.


Splashy puddles, 338865_201835189946246_195261572_o

bracing rain,

slurp through mud

and crud again.

Balsam fragrance,470302_133668346762931_2011618843_o

bud and sap –

steamy earth scent

makes Jake clap.


Eyes shoot skyward –415898_175784889217943_192728071_o

geese aloft,

fluffing feathers,

white and soft.

Cherry blossom;459797_3062739362302_2112392195_o

crocus white;

tulips dancing –

dazzling sight.


Round the corner,469283_164860270310405_1039764862_o-1

Hilton pond –

ducklings hatching,

snug in frond.

Ribbet Ribbet,466282_3517799738527_1776824442_o-1

frogs spawning,

gooey blobs born

this morning.

Morel mushroom

pokes its head

through a humid

mossy bed.



Jake, he gathers P1000750

‘shrooms galore

for his breakfast

eggs and more.

Cuckoo, cuckoo

snags his ear.

Now Jake’s certain

spring is here.


All photos courtesy of ©JokeVerburg, a gifted dutch photographer friend.


The In Just Spring Contest! is being held on Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog, so do pop over to check out all the fabulous entries.


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44 Responses to Spring Senses – The In Just Spring Contest

  1. Laura Renauld says:

    I love the cadence of your poem. That, by itself, feels like spring. It is jaunty and chipper!

  2. I love how the meter of your poem mirrors the little boy hopping on his hike! The line about bluebell wood is especially meaningful for me because we live near this hidden “valley of the bluebells” as a former neighbor liked to call it. And it is spectacular when filled with blooming bluebells in the spring.

  3. Oh, I like this a lot. So many sounds and action signaling the arrival of spring. Nice rhythm to your poem.

  4. Hannah Holt says:

    Wow, there are so many wonderful lines in here, like about balsam and yellow wellies! You really captures spring!

  5. Delightful, Joanna! So much to love, starting with the SpongeBob boots 🙂 I love all the colors and descriptions of nature – very springy and fun. What a lovely spring morning stroll for Jake 🙂 Thanks for a great entry!

  6. Heather Dent says:

    The rhythm is perfect for telling the story! You make it very easy for us to picture Jake splashing through puddles and skipping in the woods.

  7. Thank you so much, Joanna…for sharing this sweet poem! I had a great time splashing and sloshing along with Jake…what a lucky boy to have seen so many signs of spring.:) You made spring come alive for me…through his eyes.:)

  8. Pat Haapaniemi says:

    This is really lovely!

  9. Tina Cho says:

    Beautiful, descriptive words for spring! Great job!

  10. nrhatch says:

    Thanks for inviting us on Jake’s morning hike! I recoiled at the idea of him picking mushrooms.

    I picked and ate a backyard mushroom once . . . and had to have my stomach pumped! Not FUN.

    Now I avoid eating FUNGUS. 😀

    • Joanna says:

      Sadly, I’ve developed a violent mushroom allergy the past few years, but before that I would go mushroom picking every year with my French friends. In France you can get any mushrooms you pick checked at a pharmacy to be sure they are edible. Otherwise, yes, the surprise can be horrendous.

  11. I want to go a hike through a bluebell wood, with the balsam fragrance and wellies pulled on tight. I’ve only once had the pleasure of an April Morel hunt – but you’ve got that down too! Beautiful. Sorry to hear about your allergy; I hope it subsides in the future. Having once ‘forgotten’ fresh ones in a paper bag (in the back of the fridge), I discovered you can grind the dry ones and add them to anything for flavor -hopefully a tip for the future! Mushroom soup is one of Liv’s favs too.

    • Joanna says:

      I haven’t dried them, but I have preserved chanterelles mushrooms in olive oil! I am gutted, as my pleasure in mushroom hunting has diminished hugely. We used to all go back to someone’s and eat a bunch of them fresh, usually with eggs! I also used to add mushrooms to much of my cooking.

  12. Jill Proctor says:

    The rhythm of your story made it so fun to read. And all your descriptive words are wonderful!

  13. Joanna says:

    Thank you, Jill.

  14. Joke says:

    If you need any more spring pictures with your poem just let me know alright 🙂 Might have most things mentioned in the poem 🙂

  15. Joanna says:

    Oh, yes please, Joke.

  16. Really fun to read! Excellent. Great visuals.

  17. Amazing job with the poetry, Joanna! Very upbeat and fresh. You made me miss the bluebells where we used to live in England. None in PA (they have something similar, but NOT the same). I didn’t know anything about the cuckoo bird–unless it was in a clock 😉

  18. colonialist says:

    I love those snappy lines, and how well they match the pictures.

  19. Fabulous! Fantastic! I love this! 😀

  20. Simply wonderful poem Joanna! It took me right back to splashing in tadpole-filled mud puddles. :0)

  21. Joanna, I loved accompanying Jake on his hike through the mud and crud. Some of my fondest memories of England involve spring hikes with my welly-clad children past fields of daffodils and bluebells. A trip to Hampton Court was a ritual during daffodil season, too.

    Your poem has reassured me that Spring is near, even if in southeastern England this year, it hasn’t quite arrived.

    • Joanna says:

      Patricia, when I think daffodils, I think of the Cambridge backs along the river behind the colleges… beautiful.

  22. Phenomenal! Joanna you are a true poet…you’ve got it going on!

  23. Jacqueline Tourville says:

    This poem has such a springy step to it! I love the 5-sense approach to the changing of the season. Just lovely!

  24. Joanna says:

    Wow, Penny, I take that as a huge compliment coming from you. Thank you.

  25. Joanna, I loved this!! Awesome awesome job!!!

  26. This is a charming poem, Joanna, and it’s written so well! It truly encompasses how God’s beautiful world comes to life each Spring.

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