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Left Gasping

It’s Quadrille Monday on dVerse today and De Jackson (aka WhimsyGizmo) is hosting.  The word (or variation thereof) today is “Gasp”.  It’s all Merril’s fault that I went where I did and not where I thought I would.


Friends, south of the 49th

leave me gasping

their purple crocus and

yellow daffodils

blooming since February!


Sun shines, sometimes;

just above freezing, occasionally

bicycle path partially clear, for now

first run of the year

Gasping, I push on

Spring is coming, right?


129 thoughts on “Left Gasping

    • It is hard, that is for sure (they’re calling for more of the bleeping white stuff tomorrow!) We will be blooming (but they’ll be onto something else. C’est la vie! 🙂

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  1. I’m SO glad you only ‘blamed’ Merrill! 😉
    And … we’re just making sure that nature is still working – keeping the porch light on, as it were. For when you Northerners decided to get your Spring on! 😉

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  2. Excellent. Spring can be a trickster. I would keep a weary eye out. Slush under blue skies. Prefect. We could sure use your snow down here.

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  3. Q

    The rumors are mostly true. Spring is coming, even if it’s dressed in its worst fitting winter outfit and it keeps playing its Garbo act on the denizens who ask for nothing more than a random bloom here and there.

    You Quadrille’d your way to spring with this beauty. WHILE getting in your first run of the year. The check marks keep on coming!


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  4. Sorry! 😏
    But you got your quadrille, and yay for your run, too!
    I’ll enjoy it, even though it worries me what may come. No snow at all this winter, and my cousin in LA with photos of snow-capped mountains in the distance. . . .

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  5. Great piece of writing. Entertaining and fun! I hope those daffodils and crocuses aren’t sticking their tongues out at you! Hooray for the run!

    Florida broke records for heat in February and California has all but disappeared under tons of snow. The world is upside down, or maybe Mother Nature needs some strong drugs to get herself back on track…the right track! Hmmmm, maybe Mother Nature needs an intervention!

    Your daughter will be well cared for and definitely well fed! Hope her recuperation is uneventful and speedy. Enjoy each other’s company.

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    • Thank you, Ginger! Glad you enjoyed. Oh, they don’t need to; the ones who share their image, do!

      The world is topsy-turvey, for sure. I think Mother Nature needs some menopause hormones!


  6. Dear Dale,

    Daffodils are blooming in places here. However I’ve seen more than one false start to Spring. It’s not unusual to see those poor daffodils peeking through snow. Love your poem.

    Shalom and lotsa warming hugs,


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    • Dear Rochelle,

      I do not foresee seeing said blooms for at the very least a fat month. They do look pretty in a carpet or white, though.

      Shalom and Lotsa patient love,


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    • Dear Rochelle,

      I do not foresee seeing said blooms for at the very least a fat month. They do look pretty in a carpet or white, though.

      Shalom and Lotsa patient love,



  7. Yes indeed, the cold air on your lungs or the beauty!
    Way back when our eldest was eighteen he was given some scary advice. He like both his brothers suffers with asthma but he by far the worst .
    He’d left home and eventhough was a regular at the asthma clinic he was warned by his specialist. ” Take your Beclometasone inhaler regularly at least three times a day and only use his ventolin/ sabutamol in emergencies. otherwise.” He said ” you’ll go clubbing one night ….you will think ” I can’t breathe” ….go out on a winters night and inhale cold air….then your airways will close….you will collapse …no one will be able to save you and you will die!”
    He thought that was harsh but it made an impression and he always takes his meds properly! He’s coming up to 50 this year…it puts a whole new slant on gasp ….

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  8. And way down yonder (here) at the 30th, the bluebonnets have sprung. I need to post pics. They are here only a short time before Hell opens a window and they go bone dry.

    Loved this poem, Dale.

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