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Seasons to wonder

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Seasons to wonder

All the evergreens are greener
And the pines are darker skinned
Only leaves that bear the burn marks 
Are the witnesses of wind.

On the grass the dew is frozen
In a spiders web of white
And the cold that bites my fingers
Makes me wonder as I write.

How did winter come so swiftly
How did summer die so fast
Where’s the grave, where was the battle
Are they all buried in the past?

Now I feel the winter nibble 
On my fingers with its frost
And the wind that it has summoned
Mourns for seasons that are lost.

Was it but one dusk, one daybreak
Was it only in a blink?
For the summer was my feather
Now the winter is my ink.

How did shadows shift so quickly
How did colours change so much
As reflections in the water
That simply vanish with a touch?

Now the daffodils are rising
Yet the jasmine blooms are gone
Now the evergreens are greener
And the frost adorns the dawn.

Yes, how strange it is to wonder
So I wonder as I write
What if winter should then also
Simply vanish in the night?

I dedicate this poem (and I'm not being sarcastic or exaggerating)
to my mentor and my friend Timothy Brumley, who taught me 
the art of rhythm, showed me the advantage of counting my syllables, 
raised my goal from acceptable to perfection,
and helped me to turn my nursery rhymes into poetry. 
(and no Tim don’t protest, they really were nursery rhymes) 

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  1. Date: 1/29/2014 11:10:00 AM

    Enjoyed the read as I too watch the seasons go, think about the seasons of our lives, and oft wonder what will be when our own winter's past. My I have your permission to use your poem in my entry in "The Heart of the Matter" contest. Would welcome your comments on my "Through My Window."

  1. Date: 4/24/2013 10:51:00 AM

    A beautiful poem to start my day. Nature keeps us ever dreaming. Wind to your wings. SuZ

  1. Date: 10/18/2012 8:54:00 PM

    Rauwolfia:-) congratulations with your wonderful win in the " February, 2012 Contest " It is very nice to see you on this winning list..*'.*'.*' hip hip hooray. Good night :-) always~ PD

  1. Date: 9/17/2012 4:03:00 PM

    Congratulations on your well deserved win. This poem is a winner and beautifully written. The imagery and the rhymes are awesome. You have so much talent. Such a pleasure reading you here! Hugs..

  1. Date: 8/22/2012 6:43:00 AM

    Wow this is a winner Rauwolfia ,The reader can look at this and take a lot of ways to interpret your intent ,there is a deeper message in it than just winter . Very well done Hugs Anne

  1. Date: 8/15/2012 11:00:00 AM

    Congratulations Little Sister! I told you that this one was a winner:) Just a chip off the old block I'd say. You told me that if you ever won then you would do something for me, remember?

  1. Date: 8/7/2012 5:47:00 PM

    I admire, appreciate, and certainly enjoy your well-crafted and masterfully evocative poem. Thank you for creating it and for posting it here.

  1. Date: 8/6/2012 9:33:00 PM

    RV, Congratulations with your featured poem of the week. Take care. *Luv* PD

  1. Date: 8/1/2012 8:03:00 PM

    Congratulations on your win in the PoetrySoup International Contest Rauwolfia. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/31/2012 6:39:00 PM

    ((()))Congrats on your winning work..Sara

  1. Date: 7/31/2012 3:12:00 AM

    Congratulations on your win in the International contest. hugs, Catie :)

  1. Date: 7/30/2012 6:17:00 PM

    So nice to read your work, lovely use of meter. Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 7/30/2012 3:45:00 PM

    oh my, I remember this one and how much I loved it from before. This one is amazingly good. BIG congrats to you and this goes into my FAVES

  1. Date: 7/29/2012 5:38:00 PM

    Congrats on your international win. love phyl

  1. Date: 7/29/2012 2:04:00 PM

    Congrats on your superb win,Rauwolfia.Well deserved!! Take Care,Arild

  1. Date: 7/29/2012 1:04:00 PM

    Rauwolfia congratulations on your International win...David

  1. Date: 7/23/2012 9:42:00 PM

    oh my gosh, I just saw comments below mine and I see this one made it into the final round. WEll, good for YOU. Hope it goes higher!! mine that made it into the finals is also on the season going into winter: September!

  1. Date: 7/23/2012 9:41:00 PM

    WOW, this is GREAT poetry. I too love to liken the seasons to our lives. it's a great poetic device which you have done marvelously with in this poem. So glad to see you here and read this poem. Probably the best I have seen tonight!

  1. Date: 7/18/2012 8:58:00 AM

    Congratulations on your poem making it through round one of the PoetrySoup International Poetry Contest. I wish you the best in the finals Rauwolfia. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/18/2012 3:02:00 AM

    Well done. Loved this and it is going on my Fav List. Keep up the good poetry and congratulations on making it to the final 131. Love, Suzette

  1. Date: 12/11/2011 1:45:00 PM

    Yet I have a fine feeling of the history of your continent. As result of reading every novel ever written by Wilbur Smith. Came within a SeaCat's hair-breadth of sailing crost my seas to CapeTown. Coulda shouldas thus have me a'wish I'd would've. Within some of my rimes you may see reference to Africa-it's mystery and legends...the Narina Trogan is one.... and I think Madagascar something title is yet another. I'll be reading more of your works... and wish you a fine holiday season. SeaWolf

  1. Date: 12/11/2011 1:37:00 PM

    Very first... this of yours... I now so have read ~ A dance of word-ly clarity... Oft somewhat a rarity... Nicely 'twas it done... Thus so a read of fun. Have never been a'foot your lands... Nor your golden sands have sifted... Once did know by pen... A gal from CapeTown then... 'Til to Madagascar her pirogue she drifted. Left she did my spirits lifted. SeaWolf

  1. Date: 12/4/2011 5:38:00 PM

    Can re-read this again and again.. Love it !!

  1. Date: 11/4/2011 9:43:00 AM

    YOU INSPIRER ME. YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY A GREAT POET. I'VE NEVER SAID THAT TO ANOTHER POET OTHER THEN IAN SAWICKI.

  1. Date: 9/24/2011 6:05:00 PM

    Rauwolfia, this is amazing, well crafted and the rhyme is impressive. A beautful poem. Thank you for caring words. Anne

  1. Date: 9/19/2011 10:00:00 AM

    As a metaphor to life (and death) this is a brilliant piece of work.......Ivor

  1. Date: 8/6/2011 2:04:00 PM

    Absolutely brilliant with powerful imagery! This is one of your best writes yet little sister.

  1. Date: 8/3/2011 7:56:00 PM

    Lovely! Yes, I wonder, at the beauty of this mind and kindred spirits of the sentimental kind, my little poet with dreams so vast she dares to cast her fears behind,... you go girl:)