Six Word Fridays – Color

Whispering Green
At first
I hear what seems to be
the sound of sweet laughter
childlike and free,
and turning
I find that to my distress
there’s no child or other, no one to confess.
So on about living my life, I go,
the daily grind,
and well worn roads,
taking for granted those oft seen things
that seem to be constant, and never change.
once the snow has melted away,
the cold wet ground, uncovered, but gray,
that sweet quiet laughter 
haunts me again,
that brief little whisper of earlier, the same.
I open my eyes
and my heart
as I go
along those habitual pathways I’ve known.
As the raindrops are falling and soaking the ground,
as I travel that path 
where the grass has been brown,
though I’ve seen it before, 
this season of life,
I often forget all its beauty and light.
My eyes quickly notice a faint tinge of green
where the brown grass of winter 
is yielding to spring.
That whisper of laughter returns, loud and clear,
while the earth comes to life,
as it does every year. 
 Deborah L. Tisch, April 2014.
spring flowers in the rain

For the month of April I am joining other writers at Camp NaNoWriMo ( My goal is to write a poem every day.  I asked my Facebook friends for some “prompts” and a photographer friend offered the words “whispering green”.  This poem was inspired by those words. If you have other prompts you would like to offer please leave them in a comment!  

5 Replies to “Six Word Fridays – Color”

  1. Lovely poem and photo Deb! Your talent is endless, my dear. You've made me homesick for New England, where springtime's arrival is celebrated on a cellular level…and I don't mean cell phones;)
    Here's an impromptu prompt: peppered asphalt
    Have fun!

  2. Wow! what a fantastic writing goal for this month of April – I can't wait to follow along and read your inspiring words. And what a way to begin – love this idea of the earth coming to life with "whispering laughter".

  3. Yes… Spring does come back every year, just as you so beautifully described. Your poem was so engaging. You surely have a gift. Are you publishing them? I'd buy your book!! Visiting from Six Word Fridays.

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