Here’s my entry for the #SpringFlingKidLit Contest 2020.
This is my first ever attempt at making an animated gif from a piece of my own artwork. I think I more or less succeeded in adding a soundtrack, although it’s a bit temperamental, so if you can’t hear it properly, it’s supposed to be the sound of a trumpet tooting three times! (Also, it doesn’t seem to want to play automatically on a loop any more – instead you have to press the play button and it only plays once – technology, eh!)
A note about primroses – I’m not sure how widespread pale yellow English Primroses (Primula vulgaris) are in different regions of the U.S., but in the high-hedged lanes of Devon in Southwest England, where I live, they are a sight to behold each year and one of the clearest signs that spring has properly arrived!
Many thanks to Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez (@KaitlynLeann17) and Ciara O’Neal (@CiaraONeal2) for hosting this fun competition! I think the motivational power of competitions like this have kept many of us writing and creating in these dark and scary times.
SING FOR SPRING! (144 words)
Daffodils toot: It’s time for Spring!
WE’RE LATE! WAKE UP! GET READY TO SING!
Dandelions snarl: Oh, leave us be!
We’re having a lie-in – can’t you see?
Catkins shake: Do you know what?
Those lions look fierce – we’d rather not!
Violets shrink: We’re terribly shy,
And singing’s no fun – we’d rather die!
Primroses blanch: We’re awfully posh,
And singing’s so dreadfully vulgar – oh, gosh!
Blackbirds hoot: You useless crowd!
Just leave it to us – WE’LL SING REALLY LOUD!
Dandelions wake, looking ready for war…
Jaws open wide… and release a great
Blackbirds chirp: Have courage! Take heart!
They’re SINGING, that’s all. Now do YOUR part!
So catkins yowl and violets croon,
And primroses bellow a rollicking tune,
And leaves unfold and sun bursts through,
And blossoms appear and sky turns blue…
Daffodils trumpet loud and clear:
SUCCESS! WE DID IT!…
SPRING IS HERE!