Monday, February 25, 2008

After winter’s thousand days

Constant cold but for a rare ray teasing
too few fine hours melted, then re-freezing
harsh months chill till finally thawing through
each windswept, washed-out, worn-down winter hue
of barest brown, bleak black, stark white, drab gray
the dreary steel-domed sky at last gives way
to gilded clouds and soft sunlit caress
lightly kissing with verdant tenderness
one by one each tentative blade of grass
my warm breath barely frosts the fragile glass
twixt me and vivid violets who sing
Salutations, sweet prodigal called Spring!

14 comments:

anthonynorth said...

Ah, it warms the heart - and my feet, hands, cold nose ...
Beautifully put.

Linda Jacobs said...

Wow, the sounds in here are amazing! The L's and the B's and V's and I could go on! Love alliteration!

UL said...

this is one I would definitely like to hear read aloud...beautiful.

Crafty Green Poet said...

I really enjoyed this, specially the fourth line

gautami tripathy said...

I am enjoying the same here in Delhi. Thanks!

coiled and cocooned

pepektheassassin said...

Nicely formed and rhymed. I'd like to hear it read, too!

...deb said...

Sweet prodigal, indeed! I'm in the PNW, too, and understand!

Great rhymes and alliteration. As joyous as the promise of spring.

paisley said...

the most beautiful of weather cannot be appreciated without the absence of the same... this was wonderful....

sister AE said...

a "Wow!" from me too. I loved the run-on-ness and took a large sighing breath at the end. I love that list of winter-colors in the middle, and in fact the colors all throughout this shimmer.

Christine said...

A lovely tribute to spring. The clors and images are so varied, and the sounds delight. I'd like to hear you read it too!

polkadotwitch said...

i appreciate the sounds and colors in this! it's a good reminder to me as a poet: don't forget how each word sounds next to its neighbors!

paisley said...

oh that was lovely.. i am not real familiar with on line recorded readings,, i have in the past been guilty of shying away from them,, as they tend to take away some of the mystery for me... but i must say this one turned me around,,, i really enjoyed hearing your own emotion coming thru... thank you .....

chicklegirl said...
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chicklegirl said...

Anthony--it's so nice when the temperature rises, isn't it?

Linda, Deb--thanks! I love alliteration and assonance--so fun to play with the sounds of words as well as their meaning.

UL, Pepek, Christine--thanks for getting me to think about recording my poetry (which I hadn't considered before).

Crafty--thank you!

Gautami--spring always feels so good after a long winter.

Paisley--thank you for your kind words, and I'm glad you liked the reading.

Sister AE, Polkadotwitch--I get a lot of inspiration from colors and I struggle with how to make them come off the page, as it were. Glad it worked here.