Sunday, March 1, 2015

"In Like A Lion" Slice of Life Challenge-Day 1

Today is Day 1 of the March Slice of Life Challenge on Two Writing Teachers.

The old saying that March comes in like a lion is a truth to be told here on Long Island today. As the winter season is coming to a close, I recall my childhood days in Syracuse, New York thinking that winter was really a two season timeframe. I remember a very short spring because the snow would linger up to Easter. The winter of 2014-15 has resurrected those feelings. March came in like a roaring lion today and may keep us hopping right up to Easter or beyond. While trying to remain positive to ward off negativity, I decided to have a conversation with March to find out the details of what he had in mind. 

  why do you roar in the wake of white?
  Choose crystal flakes with a snappy bite? 
  Linger in snow of inches deep?
  Don't let yellow daffodils peep?


  why did you march in today
  with heavy snow marking your way?
  Let Mother Nature take a bite
  and chilling temperatures escort daylight?

Long Island,

  I came today to fool the crowd
  and stir the pot with a voice real loud.
  I chose to enter in a crown of white,
  not thinking it would bring a fright. 
  Ask me to stay for just awhile.
  I promise I'll exit with a smile.

Today, another six inches of snow descended upon Long Island, New York. This makes snow upon ice for this week and records of February being the coldest month in sixty years.  So I ask you March, please be kind because I am not quite sure how your new snowstorms will play out for my family members who have tumbled in your dense snow and slippery ice many times this past month.

One thing is for certain, March. You started the month by providing me with prompts to listen to and respond to winter's whisperings. 

Now, please stroll over to Day 1 of the Slice of Life March Challenge at Two Writing Teachers and read through the various bloggers' March 1st entries. As a newbie slicer, I am excited to peruse the veteran slicers' posts, who are once again accepting the March challenge, as well as those who are starting out like me. I hope to learn from all of the writers while positioning my posts with a positive air.

In addition to sending this on to Two Writing Teachers, I would like to add my March poem to Heidi Mordhortst's MarCH Challenge as the first of my poetry offerings.

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