Saturday, February 6, 2021

POEM: AFTER WINTER and PHOTOS

 We are in winter and I wanted to share a poem I had written long ago. Looking forward to winters end.

AFTER WINTER 

By Rose Lefebvre© 

As I scan the garden, it appears

that a few plants I sowed last year

have moved on and left

no forwarding address.

Some have sauntered

from one end of the yard

to another, perhaps preferring

a sunnier or shadier location.

Worms, stiff as pipe cleaners,

are a testimony

to the deluge of winter rain.

Birds on telephone lines

resemble musical notes.

Above I hear the pulse

of a woodpecker as he seeks out

invaders under a tree’s skin.

I watch a spider offer a narcotic kiss

to a fly struggling in a web.

A tree trunk’s decaying armor

breaks away under my touch revealing

a chaotic city of insects.

The wind whinnies

through the weeping pussy willow

making their bare branches quiver

like an elderly hand.

Geese funnel across the sky overhead

as a giddy dragonfly zooms around,

and I almost expect to see

a jet’s contrail trailing

behind him.

 

Townsend Warbler
Pine siskin
Nuthatch
Nuthatch
Dark-eyed Junco
I guess I am officially a bird watcher!

12 comments:

  1. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, Rose- words and images. xo Diana

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  2. Beautiful photos and I love the poem! Louise

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  3. Who! Fantastic. Like a breath of spring.
    Barb

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  4. Great post. You know I do like the bird pictures.

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  5. I am just so impressed with your wonderful poetry.  You may be an official bird watcher, but you must also be an Official Poet!  Your pictures and your poems are lovely. JUNE

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  6. Love the birds, Rose. And your expressive poem. Keep it up. Love, Sue

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  7. Beautiful Rose. Your pics are stunning. Have a great weekend.
    xoxo
    Kris

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  8. Very nice! Kellie

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  9. Lovely poetry and bird pics!

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  10. Rose, lovely ode to February’s passage; love the photos of beautiful birds always brighten my day. Thank you.  Alice

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  11. I love your poem. It paints a picture that I can see! Wording is so perect. And your bird photos are wonderfully engaging! Sharon

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  12. Hi Rose, I loved seeing the birds. Nice that you are able to write poetry :) I hope you are safe with all that snow and ice in your part of the World, we have seen on tv that it is proving challenging with the power outages and grit for the roads stay safe.

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