Spring, that magical season where optimistic bulbs burst through the thawing ground and tiny buds hold the promise of…of…ACHOOO! Pollen — okay, and rain showers, spring flowers, baby birds, and…150 words.
That’s right, Gentlepeople, start your pencils! It’s time to fling your words into the Spring Fling ring!
For three magical days (April 1-3) writers can enter the Spring Fling KidLit writing contest, hosted by two of the busiest people in Kid Lit, Ciara O’Neal, and Kaitlyn Sanchez, with the hopes of winning one of these fabulous prizes.
Below is my entry. I actually wrote it last year along with one about worms falling in love, it was called “Soil Mates”. I had to choose. I chose the worms one. But alas, the little love worms didn’t squirm their way into the hearts of the judges. Anyway, I revised this pretty spring ditty and here it is.
WHEEEE!!! (134 words)
A chubby little hand fills a feeder high with seeds that are gobbled by a jay who then poops them in the weeds. The earthworms weave their soil 'round the seedlings snuggled tight to protect the tiny seeds from the winter's chilly bite. The spring sun warms the earth waking up the sleepy seeds that the bluejay dropped last fall as she flew above the weeds. The seedlings heave a sigh as their hulls split into two so their roots can scramble deep setting anchors strong as glue. Little sprouts spring from the seeds to unfurl their newborn leaves soon their summer blooms play host to waltzing butterflies and bees. Wind rustles through the field a few new seeds catch the breeze and the autumn air is filled with the hum of little, “WHEEEEES!”