Trees In Winter

1. Twigs

A tree cracks the shell
Enters the world
Tender as a baby bird
A twig with a couple of leaves
Growing
Sprouts another twig
With another pair of leaves
And so on
Extending itself a little further
Into the world each time
The first twig grows tall and thick: a trunk
The next few, limbs and branches
Reaching gracefully, patiently
Faithfully, inevitably
Outward
With its very fingertips
For a little more
Life

2. Time Lapse

Alive still life
Fixed in a place
Seemingly passive
Moved only by the wind
Yet in motion
In a way that can only be seen
By the occasional revenant
Itinerant returnee
To whom the evidence is apparent
The daily passerby
Sees only these
Same branches against the sky

3. Sleeping Trees

Leaflessly sleeping
Snow clothing your graceful limbs
You pass the winter

4. Sensuality

The beauty of your limbs
In their long and lithe
Splendid-ness with
Diamond ice crystals
Your jewelry
Sparkling snow
Your sequined gown
Draped carelessly
Emphasizing the sensuality
And purity
Of your unabashed
Nakedness
Displayed completely
In innocence
For all to see

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SilentReed 5 years ago from Philippines

Poems on trees more often depict them clothe in their most majestic array.Yet you manage to convey that even in the most dreary of seasons nature's beauty still abound.Only a lover of nature can write the lines in "Sensuality"Thank you for sharing.Happy holidays.


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Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States Author

Happy holidays to you, too, SilentReed :)


scriber1 5 years ago

On this Christmas morning, this poem hearkens me back to he first poem I ever wrote (and believe it or not, I still have it) handwritten on white, blue-lined paper.....and it was about trees. I know what you mean my friend.....Happy Holidays.


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Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States Author

I used to have some forty year old poems someplace - maybe I'll stumble on them one day. Thanks and happy holidays, Scriber!


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sligobay 5 years ago from east of the equator

Thank you for your imagery.


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Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States Author

And thank you for your comment. :)


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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Awesomely beautiful!


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Pearldiver 5 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

Nicely done.. deserves to be barked about.. especially the left limbs on the forth tree in the forest of endless expressions that read.. well so.. nicely! Thanks for sharing.. take care

Great minds there MD.. Exact timing!


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kathryn1000 5 years ago from London

Lovely,every word counts


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Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States Author

Thank you Micky, Pearldiver and Kathryn. I love it when there is too much inspiration to fit in a single poem. :)


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kathryn1000 5 years ago from London

Thanks for creating it for us.


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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota

Tom-I feel like I just meditated reading your poetry. You have a skilled hand writing prose. UP BEAUTIFUL AWESOME and USEFUL:)

AHH, SO RELAXED.


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To Start Again 5 years ago

Beautiful and as always, wonderfully written :) I loved the visuals of this one as well, the way the lines of the verse seemed to make a tree itself, some 'branches' reaching out, others staying close inside. Very nice


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Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States Author

Thanks so much! :)


Doug Turner Jr. 5 years ago

Very nice; this begs to be read aloud. Full of crisp imagery and juicy description. And, most of all, it makes me yearn for this endless winter to end and for some foliage to grow! Cheers.


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Tom Rubenoff 5 years ago from United States Author

At the Cantab lounge they say that reading a poem aloud gives it a whole new life. Maybe I'll read this one. Thank you, Doug!

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