In our corner of the world, spring has come! Melting snow, rising sap, new green shoots, budding trees. “Spring is the earth’s birthday,” as Alice and Martin Provensen have it in their classic children’s book A Book of Seasons.
And what of your own birth? Are there family stories about the day of your arrival, a received mythology that shapes you?
What about the weather? Were you born during the biggest snow storm of the decade or just after the drought had finally broken? Has the natural world mirrored or reflected your inner world?
What was going to change with your birth? The beloved house that would soon be outgrown, the jealous cat who would start spending more time outside, a set of bunk beds purchased to make room for the new baby. What old patterns gave way once you came?
Try It: Birth Day Poetry
Consider the questions above, and shape your stories into a poem. Let the natural details root your poem in the physical world. Then look for a surprising turn–the unopened gift of your birth.