A Frosty Reception

frosty.receptionDecember wakes up,
Caught napping
By its mild
Mannered
Predecessors.
Prepared to lament
Long lost spring beauties,
Summer’s gaieties
And autumns
Reds and russets,
Suddenly
There is no need.
The stark bones
And piercing blue sky
Highlight different joys –
The gaunt frame,
Undressed and laid bare,
Is still stylish –
Monochromatic greens,
Shapes and textures,
Corners and curves,
Punctuation marks
Of a winter garden,
Stand proud, defiant,
And face the same
Frosty reception,
Their edges rimmed
And surfaces dusted,
Undaunted
By December’s
Rimy welcome.

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30 Responses to A Frosty Reception

  1. Ann says:

    Lovely thank you

  2. AnnetteM says:

    That is really good! I love the line ‘Punctuation marks of a winter garden’.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Annette – I was thinking about ‘full stops’ in the garden, but tweaked the line when I was redrafting it so I am glad you felt it worked well.

  3. Brian Skeys says:

    Lovely words and photos.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Brian – it was a beautiful day in the garden and made me realise how attractive the garden was despite the lack of colour and blooms

  4. Lovely, expressive poem.

  5. We had our first hard frost as well this week and we moved from late fall to winter…I really enjoyed your words and musings.

    • Cathy says:

      We have had 2 or 3 hard frosts recently (not like yours though, only to about -2C) and they have seen off the last of the leaves from the trees

  6. You’re very talented Cathy! I enjoy all your poems.

  7. Sarah says:

    The pictures were quite lovely and the poem was very touching. Thank you for sharing. 😀

  8. croftgarden says:

    Great frosty photographs illustrate the words perfectly. Hope it’s not too chilly.

  9. Amy says:

    Lovely poem, Cathy 🙂 – perfect expression of early December!

  10. Annette says:

    Gorgeous and I love the way you present the images next to the poem. Is that a special setting? Looks pretty crisp and cold, Cathy. So far no frost here but the wind is cold enough. I’ve spotted so many winter flowers which usually come a lot later. Regards from the dragon who is obviously enjoying himself 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Annette. The images are in a collage format done through PicMonkey, which I use for most of my editing where I want other than just single images. There are a number of options within the free version. I too keep looking out for early flowerers – there will be one in a vase tomorrow (but don’t tell everyone!)

  11. Pure beauty! Both words and pictures. I love the layout too!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Ali, what a nice comment. All my poems seem to be ‘long and thin’ – which can sometimes be an issue when I try and match up the size of images!

  12. Christina says:

    Lovely poem and lovely images of the frosty leaves. Hasn’t happened here yet but we are promised frost this week!

  13. I like your poem and your lovely pictures!!

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