"A Masque for the Four Seasons" by Walter Crane‘The Change of Seasons’ by Lucia Haase The Society June 7, 2021 Beauty, Poetry 16 Comments . The Summer’s ushered in to close Spring’s tale;New chapters are revealed in nature’s story. The seasons’ story arc will without failExpress great beauty, speaking of God’s glory.There’s differences of flowers, side by side,Unique in color and their time of birth With vibrant blooms that echo far and wide Midst all of nature blessed upon this earth.There’s essences of hidden growth we knowAnd yet unseen: a mind’s unwritten word.Each chapter is another message toldAnd one must wait to see… even the birdThat soars from yard to bloom, from bush to treeAwaits the wonders of the world to see. . . Lucia Haase has several books of poetry published and was recently included in a poetry anthology titled Symphonies of the Wild Hearted available on Amazon.com. She also recently had poetry accepted by several publications including Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, The Long Islander, Nostalgia Press, The Raven’s Perch, and POEM publication. She lives in Spring Valley, Illinois. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. The Society of Classical Poets does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments. CODEC News:Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) 16 Responses Peg June 7, 2021 This is very beautiful, Lucia, thank you for sharing it! Reply Lucia Haase June 8, 2021 Thank you! Reply Paul Buchheit June 7, 2021 Very nice sonnet, Lucia. Reply Lucia Haase June 8, 2021 Thank you! Reply Cheryl Corey June 7, 2021 Conceptually it’s lovely, but I question some of the punctuation. On line 3, if you’re referring only to summer, it should be “season’s”, singular possessive; otherwise, “arcs” would have to be plural to agree. I believe that “Midst” is the shortened version of “amidst” and should therefore read ‘Midst. Also, “there’s” is the contraction of “there is”, which does not agree with plural “differences” or “essences”. You can get around it by changing those words to “difference” and “essence”. I don’t profess to be an expert on grammar and punctuation and would be interested in hearing other opinions. I fuss a great deal as it is over my own punctuation! Reply Margaret Coats June 7, 2021 As the “story arc” is that of all the seasons, making the plural “seasons” possessive is correct. So is “midst,” which as a poetical preposition can stand without an apostrophe. “There’s differences” and “there’s essences” indeed represent bad grammar unsuited to a good poem, although the error is often heard in colloquial speech. Your suggested corrections remove lightly stressed third syllables, and this creates metrical problems. The poet could say, “of the flowers” and “of the hidden growth,” allowing a light stress to fall on the word “of” in both lines. She has light stresses on the word “of” in lines 4 and 6, so this might be acceptable to her. Reply Cheryl Corey June 8, 2021 Thank you for your expertise. The learning process never ends, does it? Lucia Haase June 8, 2021 Thank you for your critique! Lucia Reply Paul Freeman June 7, 2021 Highly appreciated with lockdowns coming to an end. My eyes will be more watchful for Nature’s bounty. Reply Lucia Haase June 8, 2021 Thank you! Lucia Reply Ryan Watch June 7, 2021 Thus Springtime shall conclude her tale While Summer takes the helm. She bringeth color to the pale Of springtime’s pastel realm. This was a pleasant poem to read Ms. Haase. Thank you for sharing it, because it made my day! Reply Lucia Haase June 8, 2021 Thank you! Very beautifully expressed! Lucia Reply Damian Robin June 7, 2021 Thank you Lucia. A lovely evocation of this time of year. Reply Lucia Haase June 8, 2021 Thank you! Lucia Reply Margaret Coats June 8, 2021 As a point-in-time poem, this is a delicate delight of transience and expectation. It is visionary, maintaining focus on the present, while leading the imagination to the full pageant of the seasons “yet unseen.” Reply Lucia Haase June 8, 2021 Thank you and also thank you for the critique! Lucia Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.