"Rain Over Distant Hills" by Bierstadt, modified by MHandt‘The First Spring Rain’ by Phil S. Rogers The Society May 6, 2022 Beauty, Poetry 4 Comments . The First Spring Rain a rhupunt The first spring rain ends winter’s pain; new growth again, the earth revived. Soft melting snow will quickly go, small brooks will flow; life has survived. Frost leaves the ground, joy does abound, feelings profound from hope derived. Grass turning green so fresh and clean a new routine; nature contrived. Sweet breath of spring birds on the wing fly north to sing; spring has arrived. . . Phil S. Rogers is a sixth generation Vermonter, age 72, now retired, and living in Texas. He served in the United States Air Force and had a career in real estate and banking. He previously published Everlasting Glory, a historical work that tells the story of each of the men from Vermont that was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor during the Civil War. NOTE TO READERS: If you enjoyed this poem or other content, please consider making a donation to the Society of Classical Poets. NOTE TO POETS: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to email@example.com. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. 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) 4 Responses Sally Cook May 6, 2022 Phil, This is the sort of poem that sneaks up on you and then gives you a wallop .. Its rhyme scheme seems to echo a soft spring rain, as also does the subtle stanzaic pattern of a soft spring rain. I have some Welsh blood in me, too. Do you know if Dylan Thomas used this form? Reply Phil S. Rogers May 6, 2022 Sally; I cannot think of a rhupunt by Thomas off the top of my head, but I would guess at some point he would have, as his father was a teacher of English literature so he was certainly exposed to the form. When Thomas is mentioned, most everyone thinks of “Do Not Go Gentle.” Many people believe that Robert Zimmerman liked Thomas’ poetry so much he took his last name as a stage name: Bob Dylan. Reply Susan Jarvis Bryant May 6, 2022 The intrigue of the title, the soft flow of the imagery, and the sing-song rhyme scheme makes we want to write a rhupunt. I’d never heard of the form until today… I love it! Thank you for the inspiration, Phil. Reply Stuti May 7, 2022 I learned about a new form by reading your piece, Phil. I will read up on a rhupunt some more now. There’s an ebb and flow quality to reading this piece which I find beautiful. And the nature imagery is charming always. Thank you for the read. 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.