Welcome to Post-weekend Poetry and the forty-ninth poem in this series. This week’s piece is by poet, short story author, scriptwriter and lyricist Ken Temple.
The wind elopes with golden leaves,
Forsaking sad and naked trees,
The glade lies still and holds its breath,
As winter steals into its bed.
The sudden touch of icy fingers,
The frosty breath that chills and lingers,
Slows life and sends it off to dream,
As plant and beast lie in wait of spring.
Under a pristine, snowy blanket,
Life slows and slumbers and it dreams,
Hardly a creature stirs the silence,
And frigid stillness reigns supreme.
The snowy veil ebbs and parts, behold:
Warm sun rays loosen winter’s hold!
And life awakens from its slumber,
With renewed zeal and full of wonder.
Like dark, but jewel-sequined fingers,
Tree branches drip with melting ice,
Emerald buds in warm rays linger,
As they life’s waking emphasize.
Spring waxes in a blur of speed,
And so is planted summer’s seed.
The days grow long, lake waters warm,
And the glade basks in night bird’s song.
Butterflies dance in fragrant air,
Awash with fresh grass essence.
Old trees stand solemn and austere,
Aloof in their senescence.
Again the wind strips down the trees,
Again life slows and goes to sleep.
Year after year, the dance goes on,
As life wanes and then is reborn.
Thank you, Ken.
He also loves comics and good music, but then, he says, who doesn’t?
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