My Irritations, Aggravations and Inspirations

November 20, 2011 “frost”

“frost”

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rooftop and fence

fodder shocks and haystacks

well house and chicken coop

a weathered barn,

the front half of a broke down red tractor

lolling crookedly from its shadowy maw

a rusted out old truck

held fast in its place by

tangled generations of

dormant honeysuckle vines

and a concertina of blackberry thorns

wintering grass like a carpet

gently rolling down to a Sycamore tree

its whitewashed medusan limbs

stark against an orange-tinted azure sky

all lay frozen

 beneath a thick blanket

of sparkling crystalline frost

a landscape in etched glass

cold morning breaks silent and still

save for the slow swirl of the grayish river

slipping stiffly between its frosted banks

releasing whispering white ghosts of fog

to lightly dance into the frigid air

tlh 11/19/11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 responses

  1. Brought back memories for me of my youth…thanks for this fine poem.

    November 20, 2011 at 8:12 am

  2. Lovely as always .. I especially enjoyed the lines:

    wintering grass like a carpet
    gently rolling down to a Sycamore tree
    its whitewashed medusan limbs
    stark against an orange-tinted azure sky

    I hope the holidays are treating you well, my friend … D.

    November 28, 2011 at 8:36 am

  3. This is a truly fine poem. I liked the river poem too. I’ve known rivers like that. Fortunately, I have managed to walk over them on bridges, so they have not known me. What I like about these lines are the images in them, all building to the cold morning and the fog, or ghosts of fog, that dance in the air. You get the feeling of the country and the homespun realness of life in the country. Good work.

    December 7, 2011 at 8:44 pm

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