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Let Hyacinths: An Easter 2020 Poem

April 8, 2020


NOTE: During this second week of National Poetry Month, besides a poem for mature readers, you will find in this WORDWALK post, a link to a “You Tube” video of my sister reading a book for young children.


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Let Hyacinths: An Easter 2020 Poem


By Alice Jane-Marie Massa



Let me

Not be wimpy:

Let me be wise.

Let me be a carrier

Only of kindness and creativity.

Let me practice

An abundance of caution

As I once so recently

Lived an abundance

Of plenty.


Let the Easter lilies trumpet

Notes of thanks to all who valiantly serve.

Let hyacinths heighten our hope

Of soon returning to an easier world.

Let tulips embrace the souls

Who are seemingly passing alone,


Let the mourning dove

Who comes early to a springtime nest

Coo ever so gently for the missing hearts.


If there is no Easter service,

Let me find a way to serve.

Let me have an Easter walk

In sunshine with my Willow–

Not an Easter Parade,

But a prayer walk with my guide dog in the lead.

As I follow silent pawprints on cement,

Tell me, tell me

what all this unfathomable depth of change

has meant.


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NOTE: During these extraordinary times, as homeschooling and other nontraditional methods of teaching and learning become prevalent, my sister, a prekindergarten teacher, not only had a Zoom meeting with her students today, but also created a “You Tube” video for them. In Mary Fanyo’s first “You Tube” video (the link for which is below), my sister reads and shares the illustrated book HOW DO DINOSAURS LEARN TO READ? (by Jane Yolen, copyright 2018). The videographer was Mary’s husband, Ric. Please share the following link with the parent or grandparent of a child who is four to five years of age. “Ms. Mary” has two more videos ready for release during the next two weeks.


Happy reading!

Best wishes for a happy, healthy, and blessed Easter!

Alice and Leader Dog Willow


April 8, 2020, Wednesday




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  1. Susan M McKendry permalink

    Dear Alice–I’ve been thinking of you as the hyacinths are several inches high and have enough buds that I can see what color they will be–purple, white, pink–can’t wait until they open and their wonderful fragrance is released. So you can see why I so like the line “hyacinths heighten our hope. Happy Easter to you and Willow; hope you have a wonderful walk.–Sue

    • Sue–I so enjoyed reading of the perfect timing of your hyacinths for this poem.  I do hope that these lovely little flowers will bring hope to all who see or smell them this spring.  Thanks for your beautiful comment which brightened this chilly and very windy morning!

      Happy Easter!  Best always–Alice and Willow

  2. Hi Alice,
    What lovely thoughts expressed in annespecially lovely way. It’s something we certainly need during these difficult days.

    And thanks for including a link to Mary’s reading. I enjoyed her read aloud as that was always my favorite part of a classroom day.

    Best wishes for a glorious and satisfying Easter for you and Willow. Stay safe and well.

    Love, Fran

    • Fran–So very good to hear from you!  What a nice comment!  I am sure Mary will read your note and be especially pleased.  More soon!

      Take good care!  Easter blessings to you and all of your family!

      Best always–Alice and Willow

  3. Dear Alice,
    Thank you for your beautiful poem at this challenging time. I have bright yellow daffodils blooming in my front yard that give me so much joy along with one (so far) deep purple hyacinth and some cute grape hyacinths. On these “stay at home” days, I enjoy taking a walk around the yard to appreciate all the normal signs of spring.

    Thank you for sharing my video with your readers! I miss my delightful prekindergarten children, but I am having fun learning to communicate with them in new ways.

    With love and best Easter wishes to you and Willow,

    • Mary–Thanks for sharing your springy flowers with us!  I am glad to hear of your hyacinths of hope; gratefully, the news is also sounding a little more hopeful now.  Is a grape hyacinth a smaller hyacinth?

          We will look forward to yor reading of G IS FOR GOAT next week.  Thanks to author/artist/blogger friend Lynda Lambert who re-posted the link to your “You Tube” video on her Facebook site!

      Sending Easter wishes and blessings to you in Colorado–Alice and Willow

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