A month of poems: Day five

April 1 is the start of National Poetry Month.  Since 1996, this literary celebration honors the significance of poetry in world culture, according to poets.org.  Each school day this month, the King Street Chronicle will publish one poem to recognize this month-long commemoration of poetry.

“The Daffodils’ Song” Courtesy of Mae Harkins ’20

The Daffodils’ Song
by Mae Harkins ’20

Sweetly, the spirit sings,
“awaken! awaken!”
frolicking through the trees,
pausing to glance around,
dancing through the grass,
potent, yet gentle.


The birds, suddenly alive,
hearken to its voice,
calling to each other,
“she’s near! she’s near!”
before following in search,
full of longing and hope.


The crocuses arise,
glorious as the morn’–
but silent, whispering only,
“it’s time, it’s time”
before bowing down again,
young, yet unforgotten.


Then softly, the daffodils,
their quiet trumpets unfolding
in a beauty so simple, so exquisite,
of which even they are aware,
play the song forever sweetest to the ear:
“spring is here, spring is here.”


Featured Image by Lé-Anne Johnson ’21