Thickening for winter, freezing time in its skin

While this is primarily a winter poem, it describes nature’s resiliency and the return of spring after the hardened exterior melts away. Seasons are worlds unto themselves and without their uniqueness, life would lack color and character. I hope you enjoy reading and may nature’s inspiration guide your every step and thought!

The ancient eavesdropper

Mountains tailored in autumn attire
lose their leaves and lie naked,
exposed to the bitter winter winds 
until the first snowfall 
drapes over the ground 
with the soft satin grace 
of a warm, white robe,
insulating coniferous boughs
and hiding winding trails.
Everything seems to meld 
into one giant mass, a silhouetted 
shadow cast on where wild creature’s 
tracks cross paths.
Rolling contours define the horizon 
as the landscape thickens and bulks up
before the cold can burrow beneath its skin.
Silently, the earth exhales, sending steamy signals
upward into the atmosphere.
Frost-coated canopies stab skyward
like inverted icicles dangling 
from the eaves of rooftops.
Ice-covered lakes arthritic in the sub-zero,
crack and moan as water moves smoothly below.
Cavernous rocky crags harbor hibernating bears
who know not of today or tomorrow.
Time itself freezes onto flakes,
accumulating until warmer temperatures thaw
the hardened exterior and green clothes the resilient…

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About tyler4turtles

I am an avid photographer, poet, ecologist, bookworm, blogger, art enthusiast and runner who calls Montana home but lives in Oregon.
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