A hymn or poem often sung by a group, with an individual taking the changing stanzas and the group taking the burden or refrain. – poetryfoundation.org
A Spring Carol
Though the fields are bleak and brown
Soon they will grow tall and green
The trees in bud,
The squirrels and the robins
Though the cold snow flies today
Soon will come the kinder rains
Though the ice lingers in the shade
The creeks and rivers run freely
Though the winds are sharp and cruel
Soon soft breezes will bring us Spring’s softness.
The carol being a seasonal song, this is a celebration of Spring in contrast to last week’s poem. Or, more accurately, a celebration of Spring to come since we had snow yesterday and it was below freezing today again. I also drew somewhat on the Spring section of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.
I considered trying to do Middle English for this, since I’m mimicking the medieval form of the carol, but I decided my ME skills weren’t up to it.