Winter- A Poem

Erie, yet beautiful

Ice encased skeletons

Shimmering in the sun

Treacherous beauties

At any moment the ice may be too much

Sending branches crashing down

Snobbish evergreens pay their toll

Bending pathetically before breaking

Deciduous stand silently

Beautifully shimmering in the sun

Ice encased skeletons

Simply waiting for spring

This poem was written while sitting in traffic at a red light looking over the frozen, snow covered landscape. It is in the silence of winter I find I write some of my best pieces of poetry. There is something fantastically dark, yet gloriously luminous about the winter landscapes we see. A lovely balance between light and dark, life and death. Winter gives us a chance to recharge ourselves and meditate on the life we lead and the natural world that surrounds us. Capturing the beauty of the natural world around us and preserving it in the written word is something I have always strived to do.

The poem talks about two types of trees, the evergreens and the deciduous. The evergreens keep their green color all year round, sometimes at great expense and risk to themselves. The deciduous trees, however, shed their leaves in the fall to protect themselves from the harshness of winter. The loss of these leaves is triggered by the change in temperature or the amount of water available to nourish the trees. In some areas both the change in temperature and the reduced amount of water trigger this change.

The deciduous trees, in a brilliant and colorful farewell to the warmer seasons, shed their leaves to prepare for the darker days of winter. Blazing in glorious shades of red, yellow, and orange they make us aware that change is coming and winter is on the way. They wisely conserve their resources by letting go of their lovely foliage and "sleeping" the winter away. Surrounded by ice and snow they stand completely dormant, a shadow of what they were, awaiting the spring when they will once again bud and bloom. Occasionally they will fall during the winter but their bare limbs make this a less likely occurrence.

The evergreen, proudly maintaining their green all year round, often fall prey to the heavy winter snows. The price they pay for keeping their green is literally a loss of limbs. They are encased in ice and catch snow on their limbs, eventually they can hold no more and they bend then break. They also risk becoming the target for insects and animals seeking shelter and food during the barren months of winter. Animals will feed on the foliage the evergreens have, which in most cases creates a browse line. Anything within their reach is eaten, creating a noticeable line across the forest.

The trees remind us that every season does indeed have its turn and warmer days are always just around the corner. Prepare for winter so you are able to enjoy the warmth that will follow. Sacrifice now so you will once again thrive. These are some of the lessons the trees will teach us if only we will take the time to listen to them.

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

Nice work, but as one who hails from a more tropical environment I am afraid your winters would break my bow or my spirit over time. There is something very warm about being able to drive away from the ski-fields, knowing that home does not get snowed in. For 2-3 days your winter looks beautiful. Thank you for sharing your talent here. Take care.

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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

You captured the frigidness of the winter treescape well. Brrrr-that photo says it all!

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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, this made me shiver in anticipation of the cold and freezing nights! lol I do love looking at the snow though, it makes the trees looks so lovely. We are lucky at the moment, we are getting the hot air from the south, so it still seems like about september! yeah! approx 68 degrees! whoo hoo! lol great poem!

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phdast7 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Greenhousewife - What a shiveringly beautiful photograph And what a delicate, lay, cold, white poem. I love the lines - Ice encased skeletons...Treacherous beauties....Deciduous stand silently. I really, rally like this.

Could I have your permission to include it in my Christmas letter this year? I would cite you as the author and also direct people to your Hub Page. Obviously, I won;t do anything without your permission. Thanks. Theresa

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Greenhousewife 5 years ago Author

Pearldiver- Winter is a time of reflection, a time of quietness before the renewal of spring. I believe we need the break in the warmth to allow ourselves to become centered. I do hope you think of me this winter when you enjoy the warmth of the sun, I will be shoveling my walkways!

Denise- Thank you! That picture is of my backyard last winter. My Japanese Maple always looks lovely with a few inches of snow on it!

Nell- We had a bit of snow already! It knocked some power out for lots of people, we were alright here though! They say this winter will be the toughest winter we have had in years! I do love a good snow day!

phdast- I am glad you enjoyed this poem, however, at this time I would like to avoid any outside use of it. I am quite nervous of that sort of thing happening and losing credit for my work. Perhaps if I am able to get published you would be permitted to use this at a later date.

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