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Quiggle’s Search For Spring March 15, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Nature, Poetry, Word Play.

Wikipedia ~ The March Hare (in Public Domain)

Tired of drifting snow and freezing rain
Quiggle went off in search of Spring

He puddled in mud and slogged in slush
Through fields and marshes full of mush
He saw geese flying high, flapping wings
But he didn’t see any sign of Spring

Robin gathered twigs to feather her nest
Laying blue eggs is what robins do best
Quiggle saw a March Hare doing its thing
But he didn’t see any sign of Spring

Bears emerged from steady slumber
After months spent ‘neath frozen tundra
Bright sunny skies seemed to sing
But Quiggle didn’t see any sign of Spring

Baseball diamonds came alive
With bases rounded amid high fives
Fans cheered at the crack of the bat
But Quiggle didn’t have time for that

Goofy-Riding-A-BikeBicycles emerged to sail down streets
Picnic tables groaned with good eats
Life abounded with sweet pleasures
But Quiggle overlooked these treasures
Groundhog Day came and went
Mardi Gras signaled the start of Lent
The Irish celebrated St. Paddy’s Day
As Quiggle continued on his way

Farmers plowed long straight rows
Seed bags stacked, ready to sow
Lambs kicked up wooly heels
Chasing each other between meals

IMGP1674Quiggle walked on, looking high and low
No longer sure which way to go

One day about to abandon his quest
Quiggle spied a sea of yellow trumpets
“Daffodils, daffodils . . . that’s the thing!”
Quiggle giggled, “I found Spring!”

Spring sometimes arrives in slow motion
Casting its spell like a magic potion
With daffodils waltzing, full of cheer
Quiggle knew Spring was really here

Aah . . . that’s better!

The Contest:  Write a children’s story, in poetry or prose, maximum 350 words.

For complete rules, see Susannah’s In Just Spring Contest.



1. suzicate - March 15, 2013

Love this! Those daffodils are the prize!

nrhatch - March 15, 2013

Thanks, Suzi! If you’re in the mood . . . you have until Monday to toss your entry into the ring. 😀

2. sweetdaysundertheoaks - March 15, 2013

Lucky Quiggle! Lucky us! We have our first daffodil this morning.. 🙂 It’s teeny but it’s there! Very playful and cute Nancy!

nrhatch - March 15, 2013

Daffodils trumpet SPRING! 😀

3. teresarobeson - March 15, 2013

There’s just something special about the gold of daffodils, isn’t there? 🙂 Best of luck on your story!

nrhatch - March 15, 2013

Daffodils are The Spring Herald. 😀

4. CMSmith - March 15, 2013

I love it too. And that’s the last time I pay attention to the groundhog!
Spring is a little rusty this year.

nrhatch - March 15, 2013

Yes! Spring is being a slow poke this year . . . even on the Gulf Coast of Florida. It’s been chilly.

5. CMSmith - March 15, 2013

That was supposed to be ” love” not ” live.” Crazy iPad.

nrhatch - March 15, 2013

Fixed! Maybe your iPad has spring FEVER. :mrgreen:

6. julie rowan zoch - March 15, 2013

I love the name Quiggles, ‘puddled in mud’, and ‘daffodils waltzing’. Super waltz into spring!

nrhatch - March 15, 2013

Thanks, Julie. I expect that lots of folk (in the northern hemisphere) are joining Quiggle’s quest for Spring! 😀

7. ericjbaker - March 15, 2013

Is there a “no zombie” rule in place by any chance?

nrhatch - March 15, 2013

For the contest? Not sure. Zombies + Spring = Odd Together. 😉

8. Grannymar - March 15, 2013

I am beginning to wonder if there is actually a season of Spring any more. In the past few days we had snow, sleet, rain and temperatures from 0°C to -2°C as expected tomorrow. The daffodils still have their coats on over here.

nrhatch - March 15, 2013

It’s been warmer today, but we’ve had lots of unseasonably cool weather this year. Hope it warms up for you soon.

9. laura516 - March 15, 2013

My favorite line: He puddled in mud and slogged in slush. That just trips off the tongue!

nrhatch - March 15, 2013

Thanks. That’s one of my favorite lines too.

10. Jennifer Young - March 15, 2013

Fantastic job! This was really fun to read.

nrhatch - March 15, 2013

Thanks, Jennifer. Susanna knows how to throw a Spring Fete!

11. viviankirkfield - March 15, 2013

Nancy…so many wonderful spring images…and I absolutely LOVE the name ‘Quiggle’…I can just see a picture book series based on this adorable character.:)

nrhatch - March 15, 2013

Thanks, Vivian. Quiggle’s name makes me grin. :mrgreen:

12. Susanna Leonard Hill Leonard Hill - March 15, 2013

This is terrific, Nancy! My favorite part is the end – “Quiggle giggled” (totally fun to say!) and “Spring sometimes arrives in slow motion” – isn’t that so true? One step forward, two steps back 🙂 This story is full of evocative signs of spring… I can’t wait til they come to my house! 🙂

nrhatch - March 15, 2013

Thanks, Susanna. You throw the BEST contests! I loved it when “Quiggle giggled” . . . made me grin. 😀

13. Nancy Curteman - March 15, 2013

Nancy, You do such a great job meshing your images with your post topics. I love them all, but the daffodils really are a delight.

nrhatch - March 15, 2013

Thanks, NC! So much FUN finding suitable images of Spring. I borrowed the daffodil pic from Susanna’s contest announcement. It seemed a suitable end point to aim at.

14. diannegray - March 15, 2013

This is fabulous, Nancy – “Spring sometimes arrives in slow motion
Casting its spell like a magic potion” – so true. Well done 😀

nrhatch - March 15, 2013

Thanks, Dianne. I had lots of fun with Quiggle’s quest for Spring. Right now, I expect your summer’s on the wane as our winter fades from view.

diannegray - March 15, 2013

Yes – we have moved into Autumn which is a blessing in the tropics 😀

nrhatch - March 15, 2013

Now that we live in a warmer part of the country, winter is more of a wink or a blink than a deep freeze. Much more better. 😎

15. 2e0mca - March 15, 2013

I suspect that any story I were to write might not be suitable for children under 11. I enjoyed Quiggle’s journey of discovery 🙂

nrhatch - March 15, 2013

Thanks, Martin. Sounds like your storytelling is tied to your son’s age . . . growing up with him. 😀

16. Andra Watkins - March 15, 2013

Sigh. I saw daffodils today. Lots of them.

I don’t write for children, but I wish those who enter the contest much success.

nrhatch - March 15, 2013

I thought you might want to give it a go . . . given those lovely letters you’ve written to Cooper. 😀

17. Patricia Tilton - March 15, 2013

Wow — lovely rhyming. I enjoyed your poem so much. Loved Quiggle’s journey to find spring.

nrhatch - March 15, 2013

Thanks, Patricia. I so enjoy Susanna’s contests . . . since writing for children is not often on my radar.

18. Hannah Holt - March 15, 2013

I love the name Quiggle, and the repeated line sure builds the anticipation. Lovely!

nrhatch - March 15, 2013

Thanks, Hannah. Susanna’s contests are such fun . . . both the writing and the reading.

19. Three Well Beings - March 15, 2013

I have a very full house of guests this weekend, but if inspiration jumps into my dreams… 🙂 Let’s see what happens! You set a good standard with your own creative effort, Nancy!

nrhatch - March 16, 2013

Thanks, Debra. Busy week end for you ~ it’s a good thing you remember to take time to breathe.

Enjoy your company.

20. jannatwrites - March 16, 2013

This is awesome! Your story made me smile. Good luck on the contest 🙂

nrhatch - March 16, 2013

Thanks, Janna. Reading the other entries is a sure sign of Spring. 😀

21. sufilight - March 16, 2013

Enjoyed reading this, Nancy. I felt I was on a hunt for Spring with Quiggle. 😀 I wish you luck with the contest!

nrhatch - March 16, 2013

Thanks, Marie. Susanna’s contests remind me how much FUN I had making up silly poems for my nieces and nephews.

(Now that they’re older, they’re not so easily amused.) 😉

22. Joanna - March 16, 2013

Quiggles is such a super name. I am picturing a march hare doing its thing! Super poem!

nrhatch - March 16, 2013

Thanks, Joanna. March Hares + Mad Hatters = Crazy Tea Parties! :mrgreen:

23. Donna L. Sadd - March 16, 2013

Nancy, this is wonderful- made my heart light. Good luck!

nrhatch - March 16, 2013

Thanks, Donna. It’s such a FUN theme for a contest . . . Susanna knows how to throw a PARTY.

Donna L. Sadd - March 16, 2013

I’m new to this, but it certainly seems that way. :0)

nrhatch - March 16, 2013

I forget when I found Susanna . . . maybe for the Halloween contest last fall. But she’s always an entertaining read. AND she shares CHOCOLATE on Wednesdays. 😀

24. Jill Proctor - March 16, 2013

I love the name Quiggle. It seems so perfect for your wonderful story. And the pics added another dimension. Love the March Hare!

nrhatch - March 16, 2013

Thank you, Jill. As soon as the name popped into my head, I knew that Quiggle wanted to be part of this contest. 😀

25. Heather Annie Dent - March 16, 2013

This is darling! Quiggles is the perfect name! I like the idea of Quiggles and Sybil bumping into each other during their searches for spring.

nrhatch - March 16, 2013

Thanks, Heather. They both seemed to be searching for “new growth” as a sure sign of Spring. I do too. 😀

26. colonialist - March 16, 2013

Quite a giggle indeed from your charming quiggle!

nrhatch - March 16, 2013

Thanks, Col! If you want to jump into the pool . . . the contest is open until Monday at midnight. 😀

colonialist - March 17, 2013

OK, OK, you can let go of my arm now! 🙂

nrhatch - March 17, 2013

Hahaha! Wait . . .
Are you calling me an Arm Twisting Bully? :mrgreen:

27. kateshrewsday - March 16, 2013

Lovely, Nancy. Full of optimism!

nrhatch - March 16, 2013

That’s Spring, isn’t it? Hope. Renewal. Growth. And the promise of brighter days ahead. 😎

28. bluebee - March 16, 2013

Fun poem, Nancy – “Lambs kicked up wooly heels
Chasing each other between meals” – this conjures up an hilarious image 😀

nrhatch - March 16, 2013

Thanks, BB. I don’t know if you follow Cecelia’s Blog . . . but her pictures of the Spring lambs on her farm are adorable!

29. Gretchen Fogelstrom - March 16, 2013

Loved this. Excellent job. The rhythm was fun and the visuals great.

nrhatch - March 17, 2013

Thanks, Gretchen. To Spring!

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31. Wendy Greenley - March 17, 2013

Fun story, Nancy. Quiggle sounds like a character that could have a whole series. 🙂

nrhatch - March 17, 2013

I bet Quiggle would love that! He could go sailing, windsurfing, and flying through the air with the autumn leaves! 😀

32. Penny Klostermann - March 18, 2013

Very nice entry! I love the name Quiggle….sounds cuddly and cute!

nrhatch - March 18, 2013

Thanks, Penny. Your insect parade and picnic was a delight!

33. Jarm Del Boccio - March 18, 2013

What an adorable story…and rhyming, no less!

nrhatch - March 18, 2013

Thanks, Jarm! There have been some really darling entries. I need to swing back around and see the latest submissions.

34. Wendy Lawrence - March 19, 2013

Very cute! And “Quiggle” is a great name! 🙂

nrhatch - March 19, 2013

Thanks, Wendy. I’m about to head round and read the rest of the entries.

35. Denise Bruce of Ingleside - March 19, 2013

cute story and love the name Quiggle 🙂

nrhatch - March 19, 2013

Thanks! Susanna inspired so many cute spring tales with this contest. {{Boing}}

36. colonialist - March 24, 2013

I’m disappointed, and a bit surprised, that this didn’t get into finalists.

nrhatch - March 24, 2013

Thanks, Col. The stories Susanna selected this time wouldn’t have been my choices. I enjoyed them all but I wouldn’t have been inclined to read them over and over again to a tiny tot.

Your Cuckoo Clock and the Robins Parade and Picnic would have been in my top 7. 😀

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