Photo of crabapple tree just out my back door taken March 20, 2010.
All the news i need
Is just out my back door:
Crabapple fully blooming
At latitude thirty-eight north
Along the Pacific's eastern edge
Not the first day of spring, but its zenith.
Consisting of ten lines, the Etheree poem starts with a one syllable line, then adds one syllable per line, until the last line of ten syllables for an overall syllable count of 55. In other words the syllabic structure is as follows: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10. It’s an uncomplicated, unpretentious form of poetry that has the quality of slowly opening, like a flower.