Promises, Promises

Shortest day,
On the cusp
Of a new year;
Tardy sun
Heaves herself
Over the horizon,
That from today
It will get easier.
Extra minutes
Will soon illuminate
The winter garden,
Seasonal treasures:
Witch hazel,
Virginal white
And fiery shades,
Beacons of colour
Amidst the stalwart greens
And bleak decay.
And yet not so bleak,
For the garden
Holds promise,
The promise of spring
Of summer
Of autumn,
A vow
Renewed without fail
Each year.

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15 Responses to Promises, Promises

  1. annincumbria says:

    Thank you 😊

  2. Cathy marvellous ….. Greetings from Margarita.

  3. Cathy says:

    Lovely words Cathy!

  4. LisaDay says:

    Any colour in my garden is now covered in about of foot of snow and soon will be encrusted in ice. Thank you for a bit of colour. I love the first flowers.

    • Cathy says:

      Whereabouts in the US do you live, Lisa? How long would snow normally stay with you and is this a typical amount?

      • LisaDay says:

        Hi Cathy. I actually live in Canada, near Toronto. It does depend on the year. This year we had a white Christmas and it’s been cold – -40C. When looking up what that is in Fahrenheit, I learned this: “Negative forty degrees is the temperature where the Fahrenheit and Celsius scales correspond with one another”, so it has been cold. We will likely be in snow until April.

        • Cathy says:

          -40?!! Good grief! I can’t really conceive how cold that must feel… But you will be used to long hard winters, I guess, and plan and make arrangements accordingly. What part of Canada are you in and when would your winter normally start?

  5. Anna says:

    Oh that’s spooky Cathy. I was only just thinking the other day that it has been a while since you’ve posted a poem and then up one pops 🙂 Fabulous words and photos to celebrate the returning light. Thank you.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Anna – you have Karen to thank for it, as she read and commented on an earlier one and I too realised it was a long time since I had written any 😀

  6. Love your poems.

  7. Chloris says:

    Lovely seasonal poem.

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