Singing in the tree tops
perched higher than your high note
morning is your muse.
Black branches against brilliant blue
whispers of clouds wandering by
Immortalized by lightening strike
the tree’s remains are a monument to itself.
At the farm of procreation
the girls gather at the fence
their sweet eyes disarming undeserved judgements.
Through storms and bright blue bitter cold
tenacity holds the leaf to the stem.
The soul of the violet is green
and houses all gradation of color
for it is more interested in particulars than generalities.
Brown crown in the snow
marker of where the iris grows.
Your stylish furry jacket protects
your tender fragrant blossoms
from the elements of winter.
scent the air
as they search for Spring.
Delicate lines, individual patterns, unique characteristics
these are the traits of spalting,
the mysterious work and beauty of decay.
In the dark northern countryside
holiday lights remain for much of winter
cheering us on as we drive past.
As you lie in the snow
the stark beauty of your form and structure
announce themselves to the white, white world.
Like lines on a face
bark is the map of a tree’s experience
a testament to the demands of living.
Dangling over the hard, frozen river
seedpods dance in the bitter winds of winter;
awaiting their new life flight on the gentle breeze of spring
and planting in soft, fertile ground.
Eucalyptus and juniper berries
grace the door for the whole of winter
providing protection and beauty to the house inhabitants.
When fall departed it took its brilliant colors with it.
The fallen leaf bejeweled by winter sparkles on.
The spirit of Maxfield Parish frosted the ground
with a sorbet of oranges, purples and pinks.
A winter elixir that chills fairies’ drinks.
Grass blades grow frost feathers.
Every molecule demanding that their place in the design be realized.
Nature’s desire is to manifest gloriousness.
It’s all in the posture.
Trust me. Just hold steady.
The ladies will float right on up to you.
Humble, mighty reed
healer of land and water
sleep sweet in your frozen bed.