Saturday, February 15, 2014

Snowflakes Fall So Softly Down


as snowflakes fall so softly down
cardinals plump their colorful feathers
most other things a drab shade of brown
as I'm left reeling from winters tethers

staring out the window I heave a sigh
as snowflakes fall so softly down
searching for some kind of stimuli
yet greeted with my own deep frown

winter sews a glistening gown
of frost and ice that sparkles in the sun
as snowflakes fall so softly down
and I unravel, completely undone

everything is blank, everything is bare
deserted like an old ghost town
nose pressed to window, I continue to stare
as snowflakes fall so softly down

Linking up with Imaginary Garden With Real Toads where the prompt this week is a Quatern (a sixteen line French form composed of four quatrains).

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33 comments:

  1. Nice work on the form Kathryn ~ I specially like winter sews a glistening gown, and that refrain of snowflakes ~ Hope you are keeping warm ~

    Have a good weekend ~

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  2. This has worked out so well, Kathryn. I really like the added element of rhyme woven through each stanza. It has produced a very solid form piece. One of my deepest desires is to see a cardinal in the wild. Such amazing little birds.

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    1. Thanks Kerry . . . I tried free verse but it wasn't working for me. This was a fun challenge. The female cardinals are so pretty.

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  3. Your gorgeous photo and beautiful poem both speak so well!

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  4. Oh so lovely.. the winter works out so well in your words. Love the cardinals...and the glistening gown.

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  5. Beautiful. I love the refrain, and yes, it is easy to feel winter's tethers now. I love the picture of that lady cardinal too! Haven't seen them in ages : (

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  6. A magical moment full of tranquility, where the colors are the protagonists and the nature the canvas where such moments are captured.

    Lovely POV and compotition, the snowflakes look like small pieces of cotton candy :D

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment and for your visit here.

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  7. the snowflakes fall adds movement in an otherwise ghostly image/town...
    i like the refrain as it adds to the feel of the fall...your reflection int eh glass greeting you
    with a frown...smiles...it will be over soon enough.

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  8. nice. I like the first verse. We are in the middle of a winter blizzard and snowflakes are not falling softly!

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  9. The refrain is so vivid and soothing. It set a great tone for the poem.

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  10. You have certainly captured that sense of cabin fever that strikes during the depths of winter.

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    1. Thanks Brenda, it feels like a long winter this year.

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  11. Love this cardinal...we have them too...your bird some kind of aura around her...snowflakes - just marvelous...~ the poem, the form, rhythm - all work in balance.

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    1. Thanks . . . an aura around Mrs Cardinal, oh yes.

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  12. Oh, what an adorable bird! He looks so cozy there in his tree :-) That photo is my favorite photo of the day! It touched me so! I wish snowflakes were falling softly down here as well. I am tired of heat and sun.

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    1. So happy you loved the photo . . . I'll swap you some sunshine for snow.

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  13. soon the winter be bygone...............

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  14. I don't wan to wish time away but I am tired of all the snow.

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  15. You have made the winter beautiful.

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  16. You captured my mood this morning, to a tee. The flakes are pretty, yeah, but mercy. Enough, old man winta. The lady cardinal is a beauty.

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  17. gorgeous... march will be here soon... and spring. we wait.

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  18. owWooooo! Oh the snow falls as we see our own reflections on the barrenness of the outdoors: deep frown, undone, blank, bare, deserted-- It takes a wonderful poem like this to bring back brightness and possibility. I wrote of this too, but very literally (in a way). This is more poetically magical. I salute you.

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  19. This was just beautiful and the form seemed effortless

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  20. soooo ready for the birds, sans the snowflakes. this is lovely.

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  21. I really love the female cardinal and your refrain is delightful and a nice contrast to your growing weariness. I wrote about this same subject, but a slightly different perspective as it doesn't last long here at all. Beautiful poem.

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  22. This is a lovely image. Thank you for stopping by my blog today.

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  23. Nicely done. Loved the use of rhyme to tell the underlying story.

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  24. Powerful and pretty, amazing verbal imagery :) T.

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