Mittens in May?

May 2, 2014

Tags: spring, Write a Poem Step by Step, chimney swifts

Mittens in May!

Our massive piles of snow have mostly melted away.
Although the weather’s chilly, it gets warmer every day.
Squirrels shiver, fluff their fur—I think they’ll be okay.
Daffodils are popping up with just a slight delay.
Summer birds are back. I saw three chimney swifts today!
We’re celebrating spring while wearing mittens in May!

Regardless of the temperature, we always see chimney swifts by May 1. This year was no exception in spite of the unseasonably cool temperatures. I hope they find enough insects to eat! Here's a video I made a few years ago of chimney swifts flying into a chimney downtown. You can hear them twittering over the traffic sounds.

Liz is the winner of this week's giveaway of an autographed paperback copy of Write a Poem Step by Step. Tara (last week's winner), if you're reading this, please send me your mailing address so I can send you your book!

Katya hosts today's Poetry Friday Roundup at Write. Sketch. Repeat. Enjoy!


  1. May 2, 2014 5:55 PM EDT
    We didn't have as much snow, but that cold front put our winter coats back on this week until today, JoAnn. I too wrote about spring today, coming so slowly this year! I hope the worst is over for us all. I love the line about the chimney swifts. Our "harbingers" are red-winged blackbirds. Happy warm weather to you!
    - Linda Baie
  2. May 4, 2014 8:28 AM EDT
    Mittens in May is surely the way it has been where I live. Everything is arriving a little late. It's like the world slept in for a bit.

    - Cathy
  3. May 5, 2014 9:32 AM EDT
    Linda, our red-winged blackbirds have recently returned, too, and this week's forecast looks promising. I'm keeping my fingers crossed, my camera close, and my mittens in my pockets!

    Cathy, yes, "the world slept in for a bit." I hope it's waking up now!
    - JoAnn