Real Toads Renga

For Real Toads: a group poem

Some claim April rain                            (Grace of Words like Foam on the Waves)
brings the blossoms of May, but
trees here are hasty

like youth, ardor unrestrained               ( Margaret – Art Happens 365)
eager for springs first sweet kiss

Sakura blossoms                                    (Kerry O’Connor of Skylover)
In the arms of old man tree
Drops of moonlit milk

showgirls will perform a dance             Ella’s Edge
inspired by Moon light’s embrace

her graceful waves in                            Laurie Kolp Poetry
a risque spring ballet, legs
kick the darkened sky

stars wink at rainbow feathers              Susie Clevenger of Confessions of A L. G.
that tease with each fluttering

My full heart flutters,                           Mary of Writing in the Bachs
I become dancer and dance
under April’s moon

and a blossoming cherry
in the sweet, full warmth of May          Kay, an Unfittie
And we, resting far                                    Sunflower Shan (Shanyn)
north where snow still flies and melts
await midnight sun.
Grace has challenged members and contributors at the writers group Imaginary Garden with Real Toads to write a group poem with alternating stanzas, 5/7/5 and 7/7.
I have been reading the others, and have been certain I had nothing to contribute, but finally decided to try.  (I totally stole this right from Kay 🙂 Forgive me girl!)


  1. shanyns said,

    April 12, 2012 at 6:14 am

    oh how I wish WordPress would keep formatting properly…sorry about that folks.

  2. othermary said,

    April 12, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Oh, I love you addition. Now we have moon and sun! Very cool!

    • shanyns said,

      April 12, 2012 at 3:23 pm

      Thanks! 🙂 Couldn’t have the moon without her big sister the sun!

  3. April 12, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    This is great. I love how it all came together in the end.

    • shanyns said,

      April 12, 2012 at 3:24 pm

      I think it did come together really well…thanks Kerry!

  4. Laurie Kolp said,

    April 12, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Amazing what you have contributed here!

  5. April 12, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Oh, a wonderful ending, Shan. I love it.
    Don’t blame wordpress. Blogger is just as bad or worse. I don’t think there’s a blogging platform anywhere that’s ready for Toad creations! I just kept going back and correcting the layout of mine until I was semi-happy with it.

  6. ella said,

    April 12, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    I love that you reflected on the sun! And reminded us, it is not spring everywhere, just yet~ Well Done

  7. butterflybiblestudies said,

    April 12, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Very Interesting! :o) ; Pam Mosher

    • shanyns said,

      April 13, 2012 at 2:38 am

      Thanks Pam! Wouldn’t it be fun to do one with some friends?

  8. April 13, 2012 at 2:44 am

    Wonderful. I love the addition of our Canadian reality…..awesome! and it sure helps to have the entire poem printed like this…….

    • shanyns said,

      April 14, 2012 at 7:38 am

      Sherry – I thought you might like that! It makes a wonderful poem when you put all the pieces together, which on their own shine. It’s like a charm bracelet of poetry!

  9. jinksy said,

    April 13, 2012 at 9:31 am

    And you gave me the perfect chance to include the cosmos! *smiles*

  10. Mama Zen said,

    April 13, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    I love what you added!

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