Sunday, 24 November 2013

Tree Gods



It looks pretty, doesn't it?
Pure white snow
Covering the sticky, clumpy clay
The farmer ploughed
Just the other day,
When it was Autumn.
See
Majestic pines, proud beasts
Of epic fairytales.
Tamed by powdered, whitening dust
Of virgin snow,
Sprinkled willy nilly. Just
Winter's opening gambit.
Standing in all knowing certitude
Of what's to come.
Swathes of foreign, freezing winds,
Blankets of whiteness
Against their woody ankles pinned,
Frozen to their roots.
or
Majestic pines, heroic warriors
of epic sagas.
Boughs entwined for mutual protection 
From virgin snow.
Sprinkled exposed spears, in reflection
Of winter's opening gambit.
Winter! Yggdrasil cries to heavy skies.
Come do your worst.
We've fought together since your time began
Virgins melt before us.
We are privy to your plan.
You shall not have us !

Your choice. 



For a prompt at dverse.  An idea from my picture calendar, the first day of snow. www.dVerse.com



30 comments:

  1. smiles...i want snow...they say it might be tuesday...it covers a multitude of sin eh? makes everything pretty and pure...i like how you blend in the legends, the heroes of yore...and the strength with which you call out to it to do its worst....

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    1. Thank you Brian. I have just moved another ton of snow this morning, so I'm not feeling the love. Thanks for your kind comments.

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  2. You've represented these majestic pines in such a beautiful way...lovely, both poem and image!

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  3. This is lovely--and I am glad that I do not live in snow as beautiful as I think it is--

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    1. This morning, having shovelled another ton of snow, I wish I lived somewhere else, but I can't think where I would love so much.

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  4. my avid skier friends harken to the 'White Planet'; I'd need new boots ~

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    1. I'm very much a fair weather skier. I also need new boots now you mention it!

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  5. Looks pretty, reads magically, snow solitude...but I want to stay warm...:)

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    1. Thank you humbird, you would hate it today, freezing, brrrrr

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  6. ah you make the snow and winter come alive with the weaving in of myths...nice... we already had a little bit of snow...hoping for more..smiles

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    1. Hi Claudia, thanks for those kind words. We had more freezing stuff this morning.

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  7. love the touch of mythology in it! raving white snow fits them.

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    1. Thanks Natasa, I'm gald you liked the myths.

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  8. Beautiful snow indeed; but also true that we have fought snow AND winter since time began. I like the ending very much...despite the 'worst' things winter will do to us, it will NOT win!!

    Nice to see you in Poetry Pantry!

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    1. Nice to be here Mary and thanks for your kind words.

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  9. Nicely crafted poem with the inclusion of Norse mythology. We've only had a dusting of snow but, oh, the cold. Enjoy.

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    1. Thanks you so much for your lovely comments.

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  10. Oh well penned. I especially love the trees as "heroic warriors of epic sagas." When it comes to winter, and endurance, they certainly are.

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    1. Sherry, they so are. I love 'em. Thanks for popping by, hope to see you again.

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  11. I shall chant this poem out my front door seeing that we have had our first major dumping of snow... may the majestic pines save me as well....

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    1. Oh Robert, they didn't do such a good job for me yet, it's freezing.

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  12. Very beautiful description you have written here. Hoping not to personally have to drive in any. Cannot wait to experience snow once a year, getting anxious.

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    1. I really dislike driving in it. Had to do it this morning, luckily only a short drive and the snow ploughs had done a good job.

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  13. Ah, I love the imagery and metaphors used here. :)

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    1. Thanks you very much for your kindness

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  14. Now THAT's a poem: does everything I want of a poem, intrigues, amuses, stimulates, and gives wonderful images. Thank you.

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  15. Gosh, thank you very much. I really appreciate your kindness.

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