Photography © Chad Parenteau


85 Syllables for Spring

Chirping in the trees
Birds feast on seeds and nectar
Chasing Spring through branches

Bees dance in the breeze
Spreading pollen with each flight
The landscape hums

Tiny sprouts emerge
Stretching towards the warm sun
New life chasing sky

In this forest glade
An old log rests on its side
Nature’s throne for all

The trees are talking
Conversations in the breeze
They also listen


Rick Christiansen is a former corporate executive, stand-up comedian, actor and director. His work is published or forthcoming in MacQueen’s Quinterly, Oddball Magazine, Stone Poetry Journal, The Raven’s Perch, The Rye Whiskey Review, As It Ought to Be Magazine, WINK Magazine and other journals, magazines and anthologies. He is co-editor of the forthcoming Dead Pets Poetry Anthology by Transcendent Zero Press. He lives in Missouri near his eight grandchildren.

Chad Parenteau is Associate Editor of Oddball Magazine.