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Change Of Seasons

The earth slips into a deep sleep
all beneath its surface now dormant
sleepy animals curled up in their dens
soon to fall into the sleep of hibernation
all now slowed down awaiting the snows
trees now denude of their canopy of leaves

Jack Frost comes creeping with icy fingers
covering everything in stark bright white
hoar frost, branches sparkling with icicles
softly, come the first snows just a sprinkle
a promise of more, laden sullen skies above
in the morning, a world of brilliant white

Fresh and crisp unmarked by human tracks
just the odd three toed marks of birds
deer trails pass through so distinct
the flash of colour from Red Robin's beast
drifts of snow, some very deep lie in wait
for unwary travelers tempting with beauty 

Slowly, oh so slowly the thaw arrives
everywhere a-run with water trickling
now appears the odd patch of faded green
Winter releases her hold with reluctance
fighting to the end, then slips away
leaving Spring to awaken the land with warmth

Now the birds are busy, gathering the twigs
also moss and feathers with some sheep's wool
busily building nests all shapes and sizes
the males preening and showing off to hens
fighting for the rights of lady and territory
the winner, the one who's chicks will be born

Leaves unfurling on the trees reaching out 
sun bathed they quickly grow and bush up
to give shelter to birds and tender plants 
bulbs now pushing up snowdrops appearing
followed by gay crocus and waving daffodil
finally come the roses, tulips and lupines

All now a splash with colour gleaming in the sun
Summer has arrived with her hot sultry heat
languidly the breezes flow over the landscape
an earth that is now ablaze with vibrant greens
emerald vieing with turquoise, lime and pea green
scarlet beside pink and red, a vision of beauty
pure white of daisies and yellow petals of roses

Too soon, far too soon slowly the nights lengthen
a chill is felt in the air as daylight fades away
leaves start to turn to various shades of brown
then giving up their grip are carried by the wind
plump apples fill the orchards they taste so sweet
corn and other crops are now ready for the harvest

Bare trees now greet us as the days shorten quickly
Autumn drifts gently in, time to light the log fires
to tuck one's self up with a book and mug of cocoa
ponder on the year gone by, the highs and the lows
the cycle of seasons complete for yet another year 
life reaffirmed and ready to face whatever is ahead

written 11/26/2013 by Shadow Hamilton
contest Impress me sponsor Giorgio
I went with epic motif

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  1. Date: 2/6/2014 9:08:00 AM
    Nature poems have always been my favorite and seems I just can't get enough of them.. You describe so well here, your poem appears like a breath of fresh air! Excellent piece of writing Shadow and Congrats on your awesome win in the contest,"Impress Me!"

  1. Date: 2/3/2014 5:44:00 PM
    I really enjoyed this wonderful poem, Shadow! You described the change of seasons so beautifully, and so vividly, that I could easily see it as I was reading. Very well done! Congratulations on your win, as well! :)

  1. Date: 1/31/2014 8:02:00 PM
    Enjoyed the write and congrats on the fine win, Shadow

  1. Date: 12/13/2013 10:40:00 AM
    Acute observation beautifully worded a nice poem. Sorry, am was very busy. Loved always, my friend, bl

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 12/14/2013 2:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    hi Bl so nice to see you and ty so much Shadow x smile hug
  1. Date: 11/27/2013 3:57:00 PM
    This is one hell of a good poem shadow, it almost made me homesick for England. it is summer here In Australia. But I love all the seasons. Life is truly wonderful no matter when or where. Thoroughly enjoyed your lovely poem....peter

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 11/27/2013 4:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    hi Peter ty so much. Only almost? ah well I keep thinking of warmer climes like East Africa so understand. Yes life is good Shadow x smile hug
  1. Date: 11/27/2013 10:58:00 AM
    Seasons come and seasons go that one thing has been constant so far on this planet called earth..You describe the changes so well..I enjoyed reading your thoughts about the happenings..I was delighted that you stopped by..Your comments lifted me..Sara

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 11/27/2013 4:26:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    hi Sara and ty very inspiring you know I enjoy visiting you Shadow x smile hug
  1. Date: 11/27/2013 5:44:00 AM
    -A wonderful poem Shadow, really beautiful - Love it !!! - oxox // Anne-Lise :)

    Hamilton Avatar Shadow Hamilton
    Date: 11/27/2013 4:24:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Ty Anne Lise so kind of you Shadow x smile hug