just one leaf
in this whitewashed snow-world
just one sign of life
to break the monotone;
head to the earth
I feel no force
hear no beat
but I whisper anyway,
willing the first shoots to unfurl
the smallest buds to pop
to turn their rainbow faces skyward
and begin recolouring this cold world
NaPoWriMo day 8 is flower day.
In winter’s bleakest dark-day months
when winds whip in from churning briny sea
and wraith-clouds storm and race each other –
grey shades scudding o’er ragged countryside –
ravens soar and call for war into the solitary void;
when only rocks will shelter sheep from rain,
tumbled down through browning gorse and broom,
still stonefenced pastures hold their brilliant green
from white-dressed hills down to steely waves,
and fog-kissed leaves sparkle in the gloam;
Those cruel months would call me out to stand,
to watch and feel and breathe the power of the land.
The cruelest months, I find, are the most beautiful. NaPoWriMo day 4.
Miles of back country roads roll on
past brown, still fields, iced lakes, snow-feathered trees.
Motel after motel, we mark the distances between towns,
between ourselves, between then and now.
Blueberry stands hunch, improbable, road-side;
left over from another season
their bright blue-washed walls
echo at us across the colourless terrain
from a fairyland time suspended,
just beyond reach.
Bare trees rattle their bones against white cloud sky
Clusters of leaves and twigs – abandoned nests – fill the in between
The animals have fled, birds flown
And all that remains are the cawing clawing birds of darkness
Large and black they clutch their prizes, crackling detritus, in the emptiness.
It’s strange to post something I started writing at home in the winter, now that I’m down south, but also kind of nice in a distant way.
Lawren Harris, Houses on Gerrard Street
Here it is again;
Winter’s once-white world returned,
descending on the cold, grey wings
of last season’s lingering birds,
blotting out the last vestiges
of golden Autumn with blinding-bright light.
Crystals powder winter-red berries,
dusting peaks, trees, streets,
layering the city in artful timelessness.
Steeling myself against frost’s gilded air
I step out into a fairytale
strung with coloured lights,
adorned with pale moon,
a realm that seems to have been
here all this time
waiting to re-emerge.