Monday, February 21, 2011

After two delightful days of rising temperatures and the sparkling sounds of ice-melt, it is snowing again. I know spring is on the way - it can't help but be, now that the middle of February has passed. Still and all it seems...


Forever Winter

The brown birds hop from twig to reed,
They search the ground for fallen seed,
And all around the snowy ledge,
I see their tracks among the feed.

My window looks at wood and hedge,
At knee-deep drifts that hide the sedge,
And block the path that leads to town,
Away off at the wood’s far edge.

And still the flakes come drifting down,
To bury green and cover brown,
No matter that it’s April soon,
It’s February wears the crown.

Forever winter, harsh winds croon,
No cheerful robin pipes its tune,
Just snow on ledge and stormy moon,
Just snow on ledge and stormy moon.

11 comments:

steven said...

pauline - i like the writing. it feels like it came from a long time ago. steven

Pauline said...

Steven - it's a copy of the Robert Frost form for Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening. I like the easy cadence of the lines and the off rhyme scheme.

Hilary said...

Nicely done.. it sure does feel like it's going to last forever and yet, it won't be too long...

Brian Miller said...

nice...i am kinda glad it seems done here..a little cooler today in the 40s but i was spoiled this weekend with 60s and 70s...love the verse...

June said...

It does seem like "forever winter," doesn't it?
I like your poem for its peaceful, quiet mood.

Judith said...

You really nail the forever and forever ...
Endless winter. Yagh!
You are a past mistress of the "Frost form", Pauline, and it's quite wonderful --- apart from what prompted the posting, which is NOT.

Barb said...

Your birds around the feeder are hoping it isn't forever winter. Sometimes, here in CO, it DOES seem like forever.

Molly said...

Lovely rhythm Pauline. My sympathy! It's getting lovely here. We have a narrow window of "lovely" before "hotter than Hades" sets in!

Joanna Jenkins said...

Waiting for Spring........

Nice write. jj

signed...bkm said...

Beautiful piece waiting on spring...in a perfect pace and voice...bkm

Pauline said...

Hilary - the strength of the sun (when it shines) is the most encouraging omen, that and the increasing daylight :)

Brian - there's no stopping spring once it gets started :)

June - thanks. I've always been a Robert Frost fan.

Judith - I actually like the snowstorms that come between the warm teaser days. It prolongs the anticipation of spring just a tad...

Barb - another month and a half, the feeders will be abandoned...

Molly - it's the reason I could never live in Florida though to visit right now would be heavenly!

Thanks, JJ :)

Thanks, bkm - Frost is a great one to learn from.