Like madder root

the blood
of birth exerts
its red upon the spring’s
white snow. The ewe she bleats, the lamb
it breathes

(its fleece not white as snow).

Brenda Warren 2013

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Process Notes: This piece is written to the April 5 NaPoWriMo prompt for an American Cinquain, a form that has specific word and syllabic requirements for each line. Click on the button and check out the parameters if you’re interested. The parenthetical addition is not to form.

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8 thoughts on “Like madder root

    • Thank you, Margo. Someday, I’d like to try dyeing something with madder root. I have an herb book that has dye recipes, but madder root is a zone 6 plant. Montana is zone 4.

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