Did she see her shadow?

Assignment: write a poem modeled after Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Requiem.” Preserve the original meter and rhyme. Grammar and subject matter do not need to be copied.

Excitata

Up from the sod and dripping down,
Fingers light and leafy crown,
Foliage flung in green and brown,
And the breath alive in the chest.

Gone is the shroud from sun and sky,
Dusted reds in the tresses lie,
Spinning her ankle, flashing her eye,
And her rigor released from its rest.