Becketwood Cooperative
An Active, Independent 55+ Community of Owners in Minneapolis

Spring Poems

Sidewalk Times

by Mickey Monsen, Becketwood Member

We walk, but first we rolled—
Baby buggies, strollers, coaster wagons, kiddie cars and tricycles
And as we grew—
Roller skates, go-carts, scooters, skateboards, roller blades and bicycles
Not only did we roll but we played—
Hopscotch, jump rope, skipping and running, sometimes getting skinned knees
“Step on a crack, break your mother’s back,” and we thus configured our steps between the lines
We knew the neighborhood sidewalks—
Where it was smooth for roller-skating, and where it was broken
Where ice collected for winter sliding

Now it’s time to watch our steps and yet walk joyfully to whatever the future holds.

Forsythia - Spring Poems

Seasonal Renewal

by Stephanie Gordon, Becketwood Member

I saw my first robin today
scratching in the dirt
hunting for a worm, perhaps,
in dry old garden soil.

I turned my head to see across
the street, a bush of bright forsythia.
It was my mother’s favorite
springtime flower.

Sun’s high in the sky,
warmth envelops my body, my soul.
Blue reigns, not a cloud in sight.
The world is waking up. It’s spring!

Forsythia and Becketwood

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  • wayne Tellekson April 23, 2015, 10:30 pm

    Thanks for sharing. with the cold temperatures, some poetry assuming that spring is really coming is heartening. Liked the addition of the pictures.

  • Vicki Anderson April 30, 2015, 11:01 pm

    The poems of Mickey Monsen and Stephanie Gordon have added to our enjoyment of Becketwood. We have had a lovely visit in your home. Thank you.

  • Judy Solmonson April 12, 2016, 2:30 pm

    Loved the images of spring….not yet strongly visible.