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I awake to the white, weary

my thoughts cocooning inward

stone-cold lace cascading

almost too pretty

to cover the pain

but there you are

still sifting for seeds

through winter’s wrath

not a shiver, or sliver of doubt

that the sun will shine again

A quadrille which is an original form from dVerse Poets Pub.

Merril is our host and has chosen the word “shiver” for our 44 word poems.

Photos from my front yard.

29 responses »

  1. Nature knows, doesn’t she? I love the image of stone-cold lace.

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  2. a lovely lesson from the birds –

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  3. For that knowledge, the birds go on fighting…

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  4. “sifting for seeds through winter’s wrath” what a great line!

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  5. Ah…the cardinal that brings a splash of color to the winter scene! Love this one!

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  6. What a lovely tribute to our feathered friends!

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  7. I put out seed and peanuts every morning and love to watch the cardinals, who are always the earliest birds.

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  8. A very nice little poem. and lovely last two lines….not a shiver, or sliver of doubt

    that the sun will shine again

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  9. nature provides the perfect example, so eloquently put Mish!

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  10. I love it! A lesson for us to learn from the birds!

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  11. Beverly Crawford

    Birds and wildlife are ever-trusting the seasons.

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  12. We’re pretty bird-free all winter long here (except for ubiquitous crows), so I really appreciate your work, bringing those beautiful reds my way. Thanks!

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  13. Love that ending note of optimism and your lovely photos.

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  14. Truly amazing, for sure! Hope all is well with you.

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  15. Northerners understand this! It’s how we get through it every year!

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  16. Lovely, imagery, Mish. I always wonder how the birds up north manage to survive the winters. We have cardinals year round here and I never tire of spotting their bright red (the males) streaking across the yard.

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  17. They are so resilient arent’ they? I love to see cardinals in winter. Gives me that burst of strength.

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  18. Words of hope. Thank you for them.

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  19. Such a beautiful lesson in resilience! Lovely imagery, Mish.

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  20. This is so delicately beautiful, Mish: the simple faith of the birds is never shaken!

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  21. A beautiful poem conveying a message, we really must learn from the birds!They have such unwavering faith 🙂

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  22. almost too pretty
    to cover the pain

    not a shiver, or sliver of doubt
    that the sun will shine again

    Such a hopeful image, Mish! How lovely.

    🙂
    David

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  23. Confidence in nature’s time worn pattern, and a nod to hope.

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  24. Such a hopeful bird and a lovely sentiment!

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  25. Ain’t this the truth. Nature is the answer we’re looking for. Stay warm.

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  26. “stone-cold lace”… just lovely!

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  27. Oh, how I love the hope of that bird!
    There’s a translation of the Bible verse “consider the lilies” that says “consider the wildflowers,” and I’m making it my mantra for the year. Grow wild again.

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  28. Birds! The balm to many of life’s ills. (K)

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